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Saint Paul's from the South Showing the Spire

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1657

Artist:

Wenceslaus Hollar
Czech, 1607-1677

About this artwork

Wenceslaus Hollar worked in London for the better part of two periods, 1637–41 and 1652–77, and these were two of the most productive of his printmaking career. He etched a variety of subjects, including landscapes, and reproduced artworks in the collection of his host, the Earl of Arundel. Hollar also documented Saint Paul’s Cathedral from the inside and out, including this imagined exterior view from before a lightning bolt destroyed the spire in 1561. He was still living in London during the Great Fire of September 1666, when the whole structure burned. Indeed, several of Hollar’s etching plates from this project were lost in the fire.

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Artist

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title

Saint Paul's from the South Showing the Spire

Origin

Bohemia

Date

Made 1657

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

178 × 374 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Harold Joachim

Reference Number

1989.637.26

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