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English Lady in Winter Costume

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Czech Republic
    City: Prague
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Wenceslaus Hollar, draughtsman and etcher, was born in Prague; the son of an official. It is thought he had no formal training. He left Prague at 20 and resided in Stuttgart (1627-29), Strasbourg (1629-30), Frankfurt-am-Main (1631) and Cologne (1632-38), where Abraham Hogenberg published his portraits and views of Prague and the Dutch coast. Thomas Howard, Second Earl of Arundel, met Hollar in Cologne and returned to London with him in 1636. He produced prints of works in the Earl’s collection and married a servant to the Earl’s wife. He moved to Antwerp in 1644, returning in 1651/52. In 1669 he was the official artist on an embassy to Tangier with Lord Henry Howard, which resulted in two series of etchings. He died in Westminster aged 70.
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    Title
    English Lady in Winter Costume
    Date
    1640
    Medium
    Etching on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 19.00 cm, width: 10.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 25 March 2003
    Provenance
    Sotheby's 25 March 2003 (Lot 17)
    GAC number
    17776