|Published||1716, but c.1750|
|Dimensions||Image 188 x 340 mm, Plate 202 x 348 mm, Sheet 227 x 371 mm|
An interior view of the crypt of St Paul's cathedral, built where previously the parish St Faith stood. From William Dugdale's "History of St Pauls", first published in 1658.
Inscription to lower margin: "Fidem hæca exhibet illa devm"; to vignette at top right: "Quo cum amplius non erit ... videt ipsa fides"
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 1030 ii/ii, New Hollstein (German) 1692 (Hollar) ii/ii
Condition: Slight overall time toning.