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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677)

Brief biography based on that of John Aubrey (1626–1697). *Brief Lives* Ed. Andrew Clark (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898), i:407–8, with 'Quick links' to several Hollar etcings and engravings.


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Wenceslas Hollar self-portraits of 1636, 1647 (2) and 1649


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During the English Civil War, Hollar moved to Antwerp, where around 1645 he produced a series of 41 etchings of shells. All the shells are tropical species, some from the Caribbean, but most from south-east Asia (as far afield as Australia). They must have been brought back to the Low Countries by traders and explorers to form part of an unknown collector’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The etchings were presumably intended for a book that was never published; they are consequently very rare, and this appears to be the only complete set. http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/am...

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