|W. Hollar fecit 1643
|Image 83 x 57 mm, Plate 93 x 60 mm, Sheet 100 x 68 mm
English title to the left of image: Noble Gentle Woman of England
A plate from Wenceslaus Hollar's Aula Veneris. The print shows a full length depiction of a lady in profile to the left. Her hair is half up, secured in a plaited bun. In her right hand she holds a feathered fan to her chest, her left hand holding up the dark upper skirt of her dress, showing her light, scalloped edged under skirt.
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 1886 ii/iii (Noble Gentle Woman/ of England added), New Hollstein (German) 519 ii/iii, (Hollar)
Condition: Light inking to bottom left of image and inscription.