Entry of the Count of Thurn and Taxis into Hemissen
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).
Plate: 9 3/4 × 16 1/8 in. (24.7 × 41 cm)
Trimmed outside image and letters, but c. 3 x 6 mm within platemark.
Rogers Fund, 1920
Not on view
In 1649 the count of Thurn and Taxis inherited the postal monopoly for the Holy Roman Empire, and the next year he and his wife visited the imperial postmaster for the Netherlands, Alexandre Roelants. This plate commemorates the entry into Hemissem; three coaches and horsemen arriving along sunken avenue of trees between two lines of soldiers; cannon and trumpeters in the foreground at right, village and landscape in the background.
Inscription: Lettered in bottom margin in one line of Latin: 'Excellentissimus Comes a laterre Schaldis Hemissem .... excapitur,' Numbered below left "1". Signed below in image, towards left: 'WHollar fecit'.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints, Fireworks! Four Centuries of Pyrotechnics in Prints and Drawings," June 6, 2000–July 9, 2000.
Pennington 563 only state; New Hollstein (Hollar Part IV) 1083 only state
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.