Wenceslaus Hollar

The Rhine Near Strasbourg

The Rhine Near Strasbourg by Wenceslaus Hollar

Artwork Detail

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.

The Rhine Near Strasbourg
Wenceslaus Hollar
Production date
59 x 95 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
702 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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