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This series records Hollar’s long and winding journey
from Prague all the way to the Netherlands between
1627 and 1634. No scene here appears to depict autumn
or winter, and this may reflect the difficulty of travelling
during the colder months. Only the two etchings of ships
tossed on stormy seas point to inclement weather. The
pleasure that Hollar took in seeing the ocean for the first
time is evident in these two dramatic views.
Hollar was careful to avoid references to the destruction wrought by the ongoing war. For this commercial enterprise, he focused instead on prosperous towns and views of quiet landscapes along the rivers on which he travelled.
- Production date
- 59 x 93 mm
- 3. Zu Prag (lower margin l. to c.). S. Lorentzberg (center l. ). Das Schloss (centre r.). Inscribed verso centre, pencil, 'W Hollar / P.1254 [Parthey 1254] / Three Ships in a Storm'..
- Credit line
- Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
- Accession no
- Other ID
- 697 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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