Wenceslaus Hollar

Head and Shoulders of a Turk, with a Moustache and a Large Turban

Head and Shoulders of a Turk, with a Moustache and a Large Turban by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Hollar evidently encountered this Turkish man in London

in 1637 as the inscription records that he drew him

ad vivum (from life). The artist clearly delighted in the

large, bejewelled turban, and its many folds are carefully

rendered.

In Hollar’s time the Ottoman Turks governed much of

eastern Europe and were the scourge of the western

Christian states. Hollar’s print betrays little of the

traditional hostility toward Turkish subjects and instead

scrutinises his subject’s physiognomy and exotic dress.

Title
Head and Shoulders of a Turk, with a Moustache and a Large Turban
Artist/creator
Production date
1645
Medium
etching
Dimensions
80 x 62 mm
Inscription
W. Hollar ad viuum deli/Londini 1637 (u.l.). et fecit Antverpiae/ Ao 1645 (u.r.). Verso; (pencil) 99 (u.r.).
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M1885/21/4
Other ID
2010 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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