Wenceslaus Hollar

Civil Discord

Civil Discord by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Known in the ancient world as an amphisbaena (from

the Greek ‘to go both ways’), this mythical serpent

represents the opposed forces in English society

that tore the kingdom apart. Hollar avoided directly

commenting on the conflict and chose instead to

satirise it with this allegory that one scholar has

noted represents the ‘sheer viperine nastiness of civil

conflict’. This impression, in reverse, is a

counterproof made by pressing a fresh sheet of paper

onto a new print while the ink was still wet.

Title
Civil Discord
Artist/creator
Production date
1643
Medium
etching
Dimensions
67 x 105 mm
Inscription
Civilis Seditio 8 (in reverse top margin). W. Hollar Fecit 1643 (in reverse lower r.).
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/35
Other ID
481 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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