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Wenceslaus Hollar
The ferry


Artist: Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)
TitleThe ferry after Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678)
Date: 1649
School: Bohemian/British/Flemish
Medium: etching
Dimensions: 197 x 278mm (sheet)
Watermark: none

Inscriptions/marks: in the plate lower left to lower right border <<P. Brughel pinxit, …… Corn. Galle excud. ……. W. Hollar fecit, 1649>>. Collector’s mark on verso in ink of Johann Andreas Boerner (1785-1862), Lugt L. 270  with the date 1827 or 1829 and his code (see image below). On the recto just to the right of <<Corn. Galle excud.>> blind stamp with the initials CH in a circle (possibly Lugt L. 555 not identified) (see image below)


Condition: good condition on laid paper of the third state published by Cornelis Galle the Younger (1615-1678) in Antwerp. Some foxing, more visible on verso.
Description: Passengers embarking on a ferry boat, others walking up the riverbank; a rider holding another horse on a lead in foreground at right, conversing figures and horse-drawn cart in front of a building behind; bridge and houses in background at left; after Jan Brueghel; third state. 1649. Boerner was a native of Nuremberg, a print collector, scholar, dealer and amateur printmaker. According to Lugt, he added his signature in ink on the versos of only choice impressions.
Reference: Pennington 1219 iii/iii. See BM 1868,0822.358 for a description of this print.
Provenance: Peter Wedde Antiques, Wellington; ex Craddock and Barnard, London