|Published||W. Hollar fecit 1654|
|Dimensions||Image 68 x 297, Sheet 70 x 300 mm; Image 70 x 295, Sheet 72 x 297 mm|
Two prospects of Warwick, one viewing the town from Coventry Road, featuring a coat of arms to the top left; and the other from London Road, both including a key to the noticeable buildings. Originally these two images were on one sheet but are presented here separated and laid to an album, page with manuscript boarders drawn around them.
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 1070 ii/ii, New Hollstein (German) 1500 ii/ii (Hollar)
Condition: Separated plate, with both prints trimmed close to the image, tipped unto album page. Some minor losses to edges of prints.