|Published||[London, c. 1641]|
|Dimensions||Image 157 x 260 mm, Plate 188 x 268 mm, Sheet 308 x 384 mm|
A scarce print depicting the execution of Thomas Wentworth Earl of Stafford in front of the Tower of London, with an enormous crowd surrounding the raised platform where the execution is taking place, one of the stands collapsing under the weight of the spectators. The bishop Usher, the Lord Mayor, Stafford and his friends and family are on the stand, their names indicated through a reference key.
German inscription to lower margin: "Execution des Grafen ... anverwanten vnd freunde"
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.
New Hollstein German, Hollar, 331, iii/iii; Pennington, 552, iii/iii.
Condition: Good impression with wide margins. Minor hole to lower right of sheet, not affecting image. Pressed centre fold as issued.