Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Johannes Meyssens (Related Artist)

Wenceslaus Hollar

Wenceslaus Hollar by Wenceslaus Hollar, Johannes Meyssens

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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.

Title
Wenceslaus Hollar
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1649
Medium
etching and drypoint
Dimensions
133 x 111 mm
Inscription
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
M1982/1/3/322
Other ID
1419 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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