|Dimensions||Image 214 x 166 mm, Plate 254 x 170 mm, Sheet 257 x 174 mm|
A half-length and almost full face, Dugdale is shown at fifty years old, seated at a table, wearing a coat with fur cuffs and a small white collar, and a broad-rimmed hat. Resting upon the table is a rolled manuscript, with Dugdale's right hand placed around it. To the left, there are copies of "Monasticon Anglicanum" and "The Antiquities of Warwicksh: Illustrated", and to the right is an ink well with a pen and knife. Behind Dugdale, documents and seals sit upon shelves. In the upper corners, Dugdale's crest and a griffin head with wings are present. Frontispiece to Dugdale's "The Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated" published in 1656 "The History of St Pauls Cathedral in London" in 1658.
Inscription to lower margin: "Ovid: Nescio qua natale solum dulcedine cunctos Ducit et immemores non finit esse sui." A quote from Ovid, translating to: "Our native land charms us with inexpressible sweetness and never allows us to forget that we belong to it."
William Dugdale (1605-1686) was a famous English antiquarian, and a herald. As a scholar, Dugdale proved to be highly influential in the development of medieval history as an academic subject.
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.
Pennington 1392.II; New Hollstein German, Hollar, 1445, v/v.
Condition: Trimmed close to plate mark. Topped to album page. Manuscript inscription to lower right: "copy. Int: Cl: g. p. 78"