Besagno

hollar1095

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 Besagno. According to Richard Godfrey, his industry was legendary. Godfrey quoted Place discussing Hollar: “he did all by the hour in which he was very exact for if anybody came in that kept him from his business he always laid ye hour glass on one side, till they were gone, he always received 12 pence an hour.”

The third state address of Philip Lea indicates that this print was printed in or after 1688, the year Lea is known to have been located at Cheapside; therefore this impression would be posthumous.

$330