Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 - 1677)
This is a selection trying to show the huge range of Hollar's draughtsmanship
as applied to his beloved print medium.
see Bird's Eye View Generally see London in the Bird's
01 Hollar's etching of a group of muffs on a table dated
1647 and measuring 11 x 20 cms. This is a study in structures and textures
with the sort of drawing and nuance of texture we would expect of Degas
02 a self portrait
03 WINTER, four engravings of the Seasons each of a woman in appropriate
costume showing Cornhill and tthe Old Exchange in the background
04 another fascination with texture and the fall of light, Hollar's engraving
of shells from the set of 38 etchings, undated various sizes.
05 Lombard and Hollar, illustrations to John Ogilby's The Works
of Publius Virgilius Maro , one of the most sumptuous illustrated
books of the seventeenth century. Hollar was one of the greatest of all
topographical draftsmen - so much so that much of his philosophical speculation
and esoteric imagery is overlooked. He was a pioneer of using the etching
process to produce images in volume for the commercial market.
06 One of four engravings by Hollar of English Views,
here Tothill Fields, 9 x 17ccms.
07 Hollar's curious rendition of the Forces of Fate, Sacra Nemesis,
10 x 14 cms; flies caught in a web, the conventional symbol of the eagle
and a candle waiting to be snuffed.