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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
- Production date
- circa 1649
- etching and drypoint
- 133 x 111 mm
- Wenceslaus Hollar Gentilhomme ne a Prage ...... (lower margin l. to r.). Ie Meyssens pinxit et excudit (lower margin c.). A large 'I'.
- 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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