Current Inventory by Wenzel Hollar

Mulier Diepana – from the Theatrum Mulierum and Aula Veneris


Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677)  Mulier Diepana – from the Theatrum Mulierum and Aula Veneris, etching, 1649,[signed and dated in the plate (with the title below and the words Ein Normandische Fraw von Diepen added by Hollar in the plate above]. Reference: Pennington 1874, second state (or possibly third) of 3. In excellent condition, on laid paper with thread margins, 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches. A fine impression. Hollar’s set of about 105 images of women’s fashions from various countries is one of an even larger group of miniature costumed portraits. The underlying motives for publishing these sets, and even the […]

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Adam Elsheimer


Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677), Adam Elsheimer, etching after a painting of Elsheimer by Jan Meyssens, 1649, with text and signatures as described below. Reference: Pennington 1397, third state (of 6). In generally good condition, on laid paper with wide margins (browning toward margin edges, repaired tear upper right margin). 6 1/4 x 4 1/2, the sheet 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches. Provenance: Collection of Mrs. George A. Martin, then to Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio; de-acquistioned 2010. A fine impression. Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610) was an influential German painter, famed for some of his very small-scale studies, and for a number of […]

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Joannes Roelants


Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677), Joannes Roelants, etching, 1648. Reference: Pennington 1496, third state (of 3) [with the title lettering and Hollar initials and date in the space below]. In good condition, trimmed irregularly on or inside the platemark, a bit inside the borderline lower right, a thin spot lower left verso. On laid paper, with a partial Foolscap watermark.3 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches. Provenance: unknown collector (initials in yellow ink verso, not found in Lugt) A very good impression. The Roelants family were the Imperial Postmasters in the Netherlands; Hollar made portraits of a number of family members.

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Charles I


Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677), Charles I, etching, 1644. Reference: Pennington 1686, third state (of 3) [with initials WH fec in the plate]. On laid paper, In adequate condition, a pinhole in the wide margin at bottom away from image, slight staining in spots, with small margins top and sides, larger bottom, 9 7/8 x 7 3/4, the sheet 11 1/2 x 8 inches, archival matting. A fair impression printed in 1705 for the frontispiece of Edward Walker’s Historical Discourses, with lettering verso (showing through slightly). Charles I is pictured bareheaded, in armor, holding a baton; in the background between the horse’s […]

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Henry van der Borcht, Painter, 1648, after Meyssens


Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677) etching Henry van der Borcht, Painter, 1648, after Meyssens.  Reference: Pennington 1365, second state of five. Impressions were taken in a first edition in 1649, then some corrections were made to the inscription in the margin at the bottom before the second edition in 1661 (most notably, the “de Prince of Walles” was changed to “du Prince of Galles”).  This impression is from this second, but still lifetime, edition. (In later, posthumous editions the plate was re-worked and numbers were added.) A fine early lifetime impression, in good condition apart from slight foxing (mostly on verso), some thin […]

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Henry van Craenhals


Wenzel Hollar (1606-1677), Henry van Craenhals, etching, 1644. Reference: Pennington 1381. Probably first state (of 4). In good condition apart from reinforcement in blank area lower left, trimmed on or just outside of the platemark. On old laid paper with a top of a crown watermark, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches. A very good impression. Provenance: the former London Old Master Print firm of Craddock and Barnard, still in their mat, with the Barnard annotations. G.A. Cardew (with his stamp verso, Lugt 1134) Leonard Baskin (with his stamp verso) A previous cataloguer (probably Barnard) has noted in pencil verso that this watermark […]

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Wenzel Hollar (1606-1677), Air, 1647, after Petrus van Avont, from the Four Elements. [signed and dated W. Hollar 1647 lower right and inscribed P. van Avont inu lower left in the plate] Reference: Pennington 522, third state (of 3). In good condition (a thin spot upper left verso), on laid paper, trimmed outside of the borderline all around, 5 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches. Provenance: the London firm of Craddock and Barnard, still in their mat, with the Barnard annotations. A fine strong impression of this whimsical representation of the element Air. Hollar (1607-1677) had learned etching as a gentlemanly pursuit before, as a […]

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Wenzel Hollar (1607-77), Besagno, etching, 1665. Reference: Pennington 1095, third state (of 3). [signed W. Hollar fec: 1665 lower right; and with the publisher’s address lower left: Philip Lea in Cheapside ex]. There may have been a fourth state but it has not been identified. In good condition, trimmed at the platemark, 2 1/2 x 4 inches. A very good impression of this small gem, with the reflection of the houses in the water fairly glowing. Provenance: Collection of Leonard Baskin, with his stamp verso. In his later years Hollar made lots of maps, portraits and picturesque scenes such as […]

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