|Dimensions||Image 210 x 332 mm, Sheet 214 x 335|
A prospect of the town of Brackley, Northamptonshire, from the south. The plate features a view of the entire town, as it would have been at the time of the Civil War. Above the general view are elevations of 'The West View of St Peters Church with the two Images upon the Steeple', and 'The West End of the College Chapel now in Ruins.' The latter is now part of Magdalen College School, Brackley.
The plate is unattributed, but was originally part of a large collection of etchings by Wenceslaus Hollar assembled by the collector Richard Bull, and is certainly in a style consistent with Hollar.
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.
Ex. Col.: Richard Bull (1721-1805)
Condition: Trimmed within platemark, without loss to image, and laid to old album sheet.