|Published||W. Hollar fec: 1643|
|Dimensions||Image 84 x 59, Sheet 100 x 68 mm|
English title to left of image: Cittizens wife
A plate from Wenceslaus Hollar's Aula Veneris. The print shows a full length depiction of a lady with her back turned to the viewer, looking over to the right. She is wearing a wide brimmed, plain hat and a lace collar is hanging down to a point over her shoulders. Her dress is pulled up and secured at the back, her two under skirts visible along with her right shoe, which has a decorative pompom.
Aula Veneris sive Varietas Foeminini Sexus diversarum Europa or The Variety and Differences of the Female habits of the nations of Europe is an illustrated costume series produced by Wenceslaus Hollar during the mid to late 1640's. The series illustrates the various fashions of women from all over Europe and even some parts of Northern Africa. They cover all aspects of society from the country woman to the noblewoman from each of the nations. It is not known how many etchings were originally produced for the series, with no numbering and multiple states being produced in various languages including English, German and Dutch.
Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) left his native Prague in 1627. He spent several years travelling and working in Germany before his patron, the Earl of Arundel brought him to London in 1636. During the civil wars, Hollar fought on the Royalist side, after which he spent the years 1644-52 in Antwerp. Hollar's views of London form an important record of the city before the Great Fire of 1666. He was prolific and engraved a wide range of subjects, producing nearly 2,800 prints, numerous watercolours and many drawings.
Pennington 1889 i/ii, New Hollstein (German) 591, i/ii (Hollar)
Condition: Excellent impression. Trimmed just inside the plate and laid to an album sheet, time toning and staining to sheet.