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An image of A group of muffs and other articles of dress on a table by Wenceslaus Hollar

Wenceslaus Hollar

(Czechoslovakia, England 13 Jul 1607 – 28 Mar 1677)

Title
A group of muffs and other articles of dress on a table
Year
1647
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
only state
Dimensions

11.0 x 20.3 cm platemark; 12.1 x 21.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated, l.c., [incised] "WHollar fecit Aqua forti 1647".
Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6462
Location
Not on display
Further information

This etching was made in Antwerp where Hollar had moved in 1644 to escape the English Civil War. The depiction of fur had rarely been attempted in prints, although it was frequently the subject of portrait painters. Hollar etched an entire series of fur muffs, arranged into still-life groups, which have undeniably sensual, even sexual, implications.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 8. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Look, 'Early European works on paper', pg.20-23, Newtown, Aug 2014, 23 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014