Wenceslaus Hollar

St Mary Overy, Southwark

St Mary Overy, Southwark by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Hollar’s London still survives in parts and many visitors

will recognise the buildings found in these two views of

the city. An example of modern town planning, Covent

Garden was a fashionable address when it was built in

the 1630s. Not long after Hollar returned to London in

1652 a vegetable market developed in the square and

the aristocracy moved elsewhere – replaced by coffee

houses, pubs and prostitutes.

Hollar made many drawings of London from the tower

of St Mary Overy, ‘over the river’, on the south bank of

the River Thames. After the Great Fire of London in 1666 Hollar created a print showing two views from the church tower – one before the fire, and one of the charred ruins.

St Mary Overy, Southwark
Production date
149 x 259 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
910 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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