The title page to Ogilby’s ‘Britannia’
By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus] [after] Fran[cis] BARLOW, 1675
Britannia, Vol. I or an Illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales By a Geogrpahical & Historical Description of the Principal Roads.
- Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus] [after] Fran[cis] BARLOW
- Publication place: [London]
- Publication date: 1675.
- Physical description: Etched title page.
- Dimensions: 415 by 265mm. (16.25 by 10.5 inches). Plate size: 370 by 230mm.
- Inventory reference: 18352
The present title page, however, is from the first edition of the seminal work, and was etched by Wenceslaus Hollar after a design by Francis Barlow. It shows an ornate gateway tower leading into London with the arms of the city flying above. Numerous figures and animals are gathered around the gateway as well as on the hillside and in the harbour that form the background. The attempt to incorporate a range of Britain’s landscapes has resulted in a rather surreal image combining different scales and styles. In the air three putti hold banners bearing maps, roadmaps and of course the work’s title.
- BM 1880,1113.5757
- NHG Hollar 2332 II
- Pennington 2681.