Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist), Johannes Meyssens

Wenceslaus Hollar

Wenceslaus Hollar by Wenceslaus Hollar, Johannes Meyssens

Artwork Detail

A cheerful person, Hollar was regarded with affection

by those who knew him. The English writer John Aubrey

noted that he was ‘a very friendly [and] good-natured

man as could be’.

For our inspection, the slightly cautious Hollar presents

an example of his work: an etched plate of St Catherine

after a painting by Raphael from the Earl of Arundel’s

collection. On the table we see his printmaker’s

tools, including etching needles and a bottle of acid.

Hollar proudly advertises his artistic attainments while

also highlighting his status as a gentleman through

the inclusion of his coat of arms (upper left). This

self-portrait was etched for a series of 100 prints

published by Johannes Meyssens in Antwerp which

commemorated well-known figures of that time.

Wenceslaus Hollar
Wenceslaus Hollar, Johannes Meyssens
Production date
circa 1649
etching and drypoint
133 x 111 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
1419 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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