Wenceslaus Hollar

The Waterhouse by Islington

The Waterhouse by Islington by Wenceslaus Hollar

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In the summer of 1665 as many as one hundred

thousand Londoners died during an outbreak of

bubonic plague. The victims included Hollar’s only son,

James. Those who could afford to leave the city fled

for the safety of the countryside, but Hollar stayed and

continued to work.

At some time during that year Hollar made prints with views

of Islington, north of the city. It is evident that he enjoyed

the calm, reflective water, which must have been a

welcome relief to the crisis in London.

Title
The Waterhouse by Islington
Artist/creator
Production date
1665
Medium
etching
Dimensions
83 x 122 mm
Inscription
Waterhouse By Islington W Hollar Delin: Et. Sculp 1665 (lower margin l to r. Verso; (pencil) 3 (u.l.) 919 (c) JS (l.l.) P. 915 (crossed out) (l.r.)). Partial, difficult to discern.. Inscribed verso centre, pencil, ''919' [Parthey 919]. Inscribed verso bottom right, pencil, 'P915' [Parthey 915; '915' struck out]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/94
Other ID
919 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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