Wenceslaus Hollar

A Dutch Freighter

A Dutch Freighter by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Hollar often travelled by boat along rivers and canals as well as on the open sea, avoiding the poor roads and the threat of thieves and highwaymen. Ships such as these plied the waters off the Netherlands, carrying passengers and merchandise. Similar vessels would have been used to cross the English Channel, which Hollar did a number of times. Storms, strong winds and tides meant that the crossing could take many days, and sometimes had to be abandoned altogether.

Title
A Dutch Freighter
Artist/creator
Production date
1647
Medium
etching
Dimensions
140 x 231 mm
Inscription
Nauis Mercatoria Hollandica, Vulgo Vliet (upper l.). W Hollar Fecit 1647 (lower l.). Verso; D1272 (l.l.). PD'. Inscribed verso bottom left, pencil, 'P1272'..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/161
Other ID
1272 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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