Nobilis Mulier Anglicana, Noble Woman of England

Method Etching
Artist Wenceslaus Hollar
Published W Hollar inu et fecit c.1645
Dimensions Image 83 x 58 mm, Sheet 100 x 68 mm
Notes English title to left of image: Noble woman of England.

A plate from Wenceslaus Hollar's Aula Veneris. The print shows a full length depiction of a lady turned slightly to the right, head turned to face the viewer. Her hair is half up, with half down, wavy and falling to the sides. Her left hand is outstretched with her right holding a small feather fan to her hip.

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 1885 ii/iii, New Hollstein (German) 518, ii/iii (Hollar)

Condition: Excellent impression. Trimmed to the plate and laid to an album sheet, time toning and minor creasing to sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £120.00
Stock ID 47779