sheet: 8 1/2 x 4 5/16 in. (21.6 x 11 cm)
plate: 8 1/16 x 3 7/8 in. (20.4 x 9.8 cm)
Gift of Theodore De Witt, 1917
Not on view
A full length standing figure of a woman, wearing a dark hood tied under the chin and a black half mask. She also wears a fur stole and carries a fur muff on her left arm. A feather fan hangs from her right wrist. Although she stands outdoors in cold sufficient to require heavy furs, this woman has removed one hand from her muff. As her exposed fingers caress the long tail of her collar, her large eyes meet the viewer's own, and her full lips reveal the suggestion of smile. With these subtle signs, Hollar hinted at a sensuality concealed beneath the woman's rich garments and winter mask.
Marking: Watermark present though cut
Alfred Morrison (British, active London, 1821–1897 Fonthill); Donor: Theodore de Witt
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15, 2002–October 6, 2002.
Pennington 1999; New Hollstein (Hollar)
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.