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The Royal Society, frontispiece to Thomas Sprat, "The History of the Royal Society of London."

Etcher:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Artist:
After John Evelyn (British, 1620–1706 Wotton, Surrey)
Date:
1667
Medium:
Etching, only state
Dimensions:
Sheet (trimmed and inlaid): 8 in. × 6 3/8 in. (20.3 × 16.2 cm) cut within the platemark
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.1475
Not on view
Bust portrait of Charles II on a low column being crowned by an angel with figures at left and right within an open vaulted interior. Fame crowns the bust with a wreath, Bacon is seated at right holding his chancellor's bag, William Brouncker points to the inscription on the pedestal; there are books and scientific instruments on the walls in the background, with arms of the society above; landscape and country house seen through arch in the background, with man looking through telescope suspended from a tall pole; frontispiece to Thomas Sprat, "The History of the Royal Society of London."
Inscription: Lettered below left "Evelyn inv. D.D.C." and at right "Wenceslaus Hollar f. 1667". On the column with bust of Charles II in open capitals "CAROLVS / II / SOCIETATIS / REGALIS / AVTHOR / & / PATRONVS". Beneath Lord Brouncker "SOCIETATIS PRÆS" and beneath Francis Bacon "ARTIVM INSTAVRATOR".
Pennington 459 only state; New Hollstein (Hollar, Part VII) 1966
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982, cat. no. 459.

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



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