Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fireworks at Hemissem

Series/Portfolio:
Title-page plus a series of four prints commemorating the visit paid by the Imperial Postmaster-General, the count de la Tour et Tassis, and his wife to Alexander Roelants, the Imperial Postmaster for the Netherlands (P.562-566).
Artist:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Date:
1625–77
Medium:
Etching and drypoint; only state
Dimensions:
Plate: 9 9/16 × 15 15/16 in. (24.3 × 40.5 cm) cut on platemark top and bottom; cut c. 5 mm in width.
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.81.2(32)
Not on view
Fireworks at Hemissem; nocturnal scene, with fireworks; pole supporting round platform with burning barrels and blazing rockets at left; soldiers and drummers in the foreground at right; castle illuminated in the background.
Inscription: Lettered in the bottom margin: 'Bene ominatam diei .... omnium animos,'. Number below left '4' has been abraded off the sheet. Unsigned.
Pennington 566 only state; New Hollstein (Hollar Part IV) 1086
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982.

Simon Turner Wenceslaus Hollar: New Hollstein German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, 1400-1700. Giulia Bartrum, vols. 1-9, 2009–2012.



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