Mulier Generosa Anglica, English Gentle Woman

Method Etching
Artist Wenceslaus Hollar
Published W. Hollar fecit 1644
Dimensions Image 81 x 59 mm, Sheet 100 x 68 mm
Notes English title to the left of image: English Gentle Woman

A plate from Wenceslaus Hollar's Aula Veneris. The print shows a full length depiction of a lady in profile turned to the left. Her hair is half up in a simple bun, the rest in waves falling to her shoulders. She holds a small feather fan in her right gloved hand. Her light underskirt has a simple scalloped edge, her right foot visible, taking a step forward.

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 1890 ii/iii, New Hollstein (German) 527, ii/iii (Hollar)

Condition: Excellent impression. Trimmed just within and laid to sheet, time toning and creasing to sheet
Framing unmounted
Price £120.00
Stock ID 47784