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
Wenceslaus Hollar
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etching and engraving
219 x 342 mm
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Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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Other ID
561 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
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International Art
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Not on display

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