Westmonasteriensis Ecclesiae (quonda Conventualis,) facies occidentalis [Western Exterior of Westminster Abbey]

Method Etching
Artist Wenceslaus Hollar
Published [c. 1655]
Dimensions Image 250 x 170 mm, Sheet 348 x 228 mm
Notes Depiction of the west front of Westminster Abbey, with title flanked by two coats of arms to the top.

From William Dugdale's 'Monasticon Anglicanum or The History of the Ancient Abbies, and Other Monasteries, Hospitals, Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, in England and Wales With Divers French, Irish and Scotch Monasteries Formerly Relating to England.' This work was published between the years of 1655 and 1673; an English abridgement was made available in 1718, and an enlarged six volume edition came out in fifty-four parts between 1st June 1813 and 1830.

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 1042 ii/v, New Hollstein (German) 949 ii/v (Hollar)

Condition: Overall time toning, mainly to edges of sheet. Two small holes to right edge of the sheet, just outside of plate mark.
Framing unmounted
Price £60.00
Stock ID 47723

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