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An image of Coronation of Charles II by Wenceslaus Hollar

Wenceslaus Hollar

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

Coronation of Charles II
Other titles:
Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey
Media category
Materials used

36.5 x 48.2 cm trimmed to platemark

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1940
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Born in Pargue, Hollar enjoyed virtual monopoly as an etcher in England where there was no native tradition in etching. This print was commissioned for John Ogilby's 'The Entertainment of Charles II in His Passage Through the City of London to His Coronation' (1662). The setting is the choir of Westminster Abbey. The king is seated on a dais in the foreground and is also shown seated farther on, at the moment of being crowned.

Bibliography (1)

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

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