Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Byrsa Londinensis vulgo the Royal Exchange (Royal Exchange, London)

Series/Portfolio:
London Views
Artist:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Date:
ca. 1647
Medium:
Etching, presumably second state of two with number trimmed off margin
Dimensions:
sheet: 5 11/16 x 9 15/16 in. (14.4 x 25.2 cm) (clipped impression, inlaid)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.1166-345
Not on view
View of the commercial institution in the City of London, built by Sir Thomas Gresham on land between Cornhill and Threadneedle Streets, provided by the City Corporation. He modeled it on the Bourse in Antwerp, and Flemish-Italianate buildings surrounded the open courtyard used for trading, with covered arcades used in wet weather. The bell tower was surmounted with a grasshopper.
Inscription: on banner in sky: Byrsa Londinensis vulgo the Royal Exchange/
Below right in design: W. Hollar fecit
Pennington 907 ii/ii; New Hollstein (Hollar Part III) 946 II/II, presumably with number 7 in lower right margin trimmed off
Arthur Mayger Hind Hollar and his views of London and Windsor in the seventeenth century. London, 1922, cat. no. 28.

Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982, cat. no. 907.

Bernard Adams London Illustrated 1604-1850: a survey and index of topographical books and their plates. London, 1983, 5.7.

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



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