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“ His  Seapieces … place  us

right  into  the  Harbors … of  the  Netherlands ”

Hollar’s  Dutch  Three-Master  at  Anchor

Hollar, Wenceslaus (Prague 1607 – London 1677). Nauis Bellica Hollandica. Three-masted one-deck vessel with guns run out at anchor to the right. The fore-yard is lowered, on deck numerous sailors. On the right in the middle distance and background four further three-masters at anchor in pairs, far left on the horizon a fifth one under sails. Etching + engraving. Inscribed: WHollar fecit / 1647, otherwise as above. Sheet size 5⅝ × 9¼ in (14.4 × 23.4 cm).

Pennington 1266, I; Parthey 1266. – Sheet 6 of the

“ Very  rare ”

and  complete  hardly  occurring

(Davidsohn 509) 12-sheet set of Dutch ships Navivm Variæ Figuræ et Formæ of 1647, figuring even in Davidsohn’s quite remarkably comprehensive Hollar stock sold 1920 in 420 lots in a mixed copy only, and here present

in  the  first  state  before  address & number .

Not in the rich Hollar part at Baron Lanna (1895) who beside a presumed copy of the title owned but two sheet of the set, one of which additionally only in the second state with the number lower right, and also missing in the 1984 Berlin exhibition catalogue enumerating only three other sheets of the set. – Cf. the drawing of three-master with lowered yards likewise at anchor to the right as frontispiece in Hollar’s Journey on the Rhine, Prague, 1965. – Large armorial watermark. – Warm-toned, evenly weakly browned impression with up to 2 mm wide paper margin around the borderline. Upper left by old hand in ink “500”.

Wenzeslaus Hollar, Dutch One-Deck Vessel

Large-sized , as  fine  as  detailed

representation  of  a  Dutch  ship  at  the  roadstead :

“ No less instructive are his seapieces with regard to the construction and fitting of the ships then. The numbers 1261-1272 place us right into the harbors and shipyards of the Netherlands. One justly admires in these sheets the extraordinary competence by which the difficulties in the representation of ships are overcome ”

(Parthey, p. X).

This as much in unison with Hollar’s objective grasp disdaining all decorative or filling accessories as with his correspondingly developed manner of etching:

“ The basic characteristics … of Hollar’s work are implied in their author’s approach to reality. Hollar was fundamentally attracted by objective forms, by their uniqueness and endless variety, and the texture and quality of things in the world about him. His aim was to seize that reality, preserve it, and communicate it to the spectator ”

(Miloš V. Kratochvíl, Hollar’s Journey on the Rhine, as above, p. 23).

“ Hollar had developed a particular manner to engrave which in its kind is inimitable. His engravings are lighter and freer than the ones of the engravers of the 16th century, and more exact and delicate than those of the 17th century which intended a painterly effect ”

(Nagler VI, p. 262).



“ The storm-moved sea with heavy warships, the smooth surface of the sea with light sailing barges, the Rhine region animated by the wide river … all reveal his understanding of nature and his tender conception of its beauties ”

(F. A. Borovský in Thieme-Becker XVII, pp. 376 ff.).

That  at  the  same  time  they  are  extraordinarily  rare

makes  them  that  exceptionally  desirable .

Offer no. 28,779 / EUR  1480. / export price EUR  1406. (c. US$ 1700.) + shipping