|Dimensions||Image 72 x 52 mm, Sheet 128 x 73 mm|
A bust portrait of Dr John Bastwick, slightly directed to the left, wearing a cloak over a doublet, with a large flat lace collar, and a skull cap.
Inscription to lower margin: "Dr: Bastwick, for writing a Booke ... pain of impresonment as afore said", and signed in lower left corner: "W. Hollar fecit"
Dr John Bastwick (1593-1654) was an English zealot, opposing the liturgical reforms in the Church of England.
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 1644-1652 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.
Condition: Trimmed and laid unto page. Slight overall dirt built up and minor damages to sheet.