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Wenceslaus Hollar

Proclamation of the Treaty of Münster

Proclamation of the Treaty of Münster by Wenceslaus Hollar

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The Thirty Years’ War began in Prague in 1618 while

Hollar was still a boy. When the Treaty of Münster

brought peace in 1648, Hollar recorded the scene of

jubilation in his new home, Antwerp.

Few in the crowd gathered in Antwerp’s main

square would have anticipated the Treaty’s painful

consequences for their city. Once a major commercial

centre, Antwerp’s trade was heavily regulated by the

treaty. The city’s subsequent decline may be one

reason why Hollar returned to London in 1652.

Proclamation of the Treaty of Münster
Production date
etching and engraving
Size (h x w)
219 x 342 mm
Inscribed verso lower left, pencil, 'P561 - 2nd state' [Parthey 561, 2nd state] and 'RPT[?] C38125 R&T' [possibly a Colnaghi sales number].
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
561 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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