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Drawing - Fortune

Fortune

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Prague (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wenceslaus Hollar, born 1607 - died 1677 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and black ink

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.371

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 11

Physical description

Drawing in pen and black ink of naked female, standing on a large shell, floating on the sea, and propelled by means of a sail which she holds in her right hand, while supporting a shield with the other. A storm is rising, which causes the wreck of several ships; a promontory is in the distance on the left. Inscribed Vencellaus Hollar in : 1625. The sheet has a ruled margin.

Place of Origin

Prague (probably, drawn)

Date

ca.1625 (made)

Artist/maker

Wenceslaus Hollar, born 1607 - died 1677 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and black ink

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in dark brown ink Vencellaus Hollar in:
This inscription was probably added later

Inscribed in dark brown ink '1625' at bottom centre of sheet
This date was presumably added later

At bottom left the collector's mark of William Esdaile ('WE' in pen and brown ink; Lugt 2617).

A separate sheet, now mounted underneath the drawing, was presumably once a backing sheet. This has 'W. Hollar' inscribed in pen at the bottom, with William Esdaile's collector's mark and the date 1835 inscribed in pen and brown ink at bottom left. This suggests that the drawing entered Esdaile's collection in 1835.

Dimensions

Height: 13.4 cm, Width: 15.7 cm

Object history note

Previously in the collection of William Esdaile (1758-1837). It was probably sold - as one of a group of 9 drawings by Hollar - in part three of the sale of Esdaile's collection held in June 1840 at Christie's (Lugt Ventes V).

Descriptive line

Hollar, Wenceslaus; naked female, standing on a large shell, floating on the sea, a promontory is in the distance on the left; Pen and ink; Inscribed 'Vencellaus Hollar in :'

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Richard Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar: A Bohemian Artist in England (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994), no.2, p. 39
Richard Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar: A Bohemian Artist in England (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994), p. 4
Franz Sprinzels, Hollar, Handzeichnungen, beschrieben und herausgegeben von Franz Sprinzels (Wein, Leipzig [etc.]: Verlag Dr. Rolf Passer, ca.1938), no. 83.
Michael Wood, In Search of Shakespeare (London 2003), p.325
V. Denkstein, Hollar Drawings, 1979, p.24, fig.7
Jonathan Bate & Dora Thornton, Shakespeare. Staging the World London: The British Museum, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7141-2824-5.

Materials

Pen; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Sea; Ships; Promontory; Woman; Shell; Nude; Shield; Sail

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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