Hollar’s portrait of a Turkish man

By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus], 1645 
£3,000

[Print of man in turban with moustache]

Art & Architecture
  • Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
  • Publication place: Antwerp
  • Publication date: 1645.
  • Physical description: Etching.
  • Dimensions: 86 by 67mm. (3.5 by 2.75 inches). Plate size: 80 by 60mm.
  • Inventory reference: 18277

Notes

In 1645, after his escape from the Parliamentary forces that had captured him as part of the Royalist regiment and his return to Antwerp, Hollar published a portrait that he had drawn upon arriving in England in 1637. The image shows a moustached Turkish man wearing a large turban held in place by a jewelled chain, and a large jacket over an embroidered doublet. It is unclear whether the series of portraits drawn by Hollar in the late 1630s and published in 1645 are based on actual people Hollar had interacted with. 

Bibliography

  1. Met 17.3.3117
  2. NHG Hollar 817 III
  3. Pennington 2010.
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