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ID number:  BIRBI-54.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607-1677)
Title / Object name:  The Thames Below Westminster Pier
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  London
Culture:  Bohemian
Date made:  about 1638
Materials:  Pen and brown ink
Measurements:  14.5 x 39.8cm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 26 May 1954, lot 466, for £421
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This is an example of Hollar’s comparatively rare drawings as opposed to his etchings of English scenery. This view is taken looking upstream. The buildings are marked as ‘Lambeth House’, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, ‘Parliament House’ and ‘Westminster Hall’. Whilst in England between 1636 and 1644 he received many commissions from Lord Arundel, of which this work is one, and made accurate documentary records of the areas surrounding his London home as well as their journey around Europe.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed I.r.: W. Hollar.D. Inscribed in the sky: Lambeth house/ Parliament house/ Wetminster Hall

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Drawings, Paintings and Etchings by Wenceslaus Hollar', City of Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, September 1963 - 17 November 1963; 'Royal Westminster', Royal Westminster Exhibition, London, UK, 21 May 1981 - 31 August 1981; 'Wenceslaus Hollar' Kinsky Palace, National Gallery, Prague, 22 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

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Hollar, Wenceslaus

1607-07-23
1677-03-25
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