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Thursday 22 November 2018

Wenceslaus Hollar's etching, "Lay Sister of the Order of St Clare”, 1663

Wenceslaus Hollar (aka Wenzel Hollar; Václav Hollar) (1607–77)

“Laica Soror Ord: Stæ. Claræ” (aka "Lay Sister of the Order of St Clare"), 1663, from the series of four plates, “Monks and Nuns”.

Etching on wove paper with small margins.
Size: (sheet) 10.4 x 6.5 cm; (plate) 9.3 x 5.5 cm
Inscribed on plate: (upper edge) “a Lay sister of ye Order of St. Clare.”; (at left above the image borderline) “WHollar delin: et / sculp: 1663.”; (below the image borderline) “Laica Soror Ord: Stæ. Claræ.”
Numbered on plate: (lower right corner) “46”
State ii (of ii) with number, “46” and “a Lay sister of ye Order of St. Clare.” added.

Pennington 1982 ii/ii (Richard Pennington 1982, “A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 16071677”, Cambridge, p. 314); New Hollstein (Hollar part VI) 1812 II/II

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers the following description of this print:
“A lay sister of the order of St Clare standing whole-length in profile to left, holding a rosary with suspended cross.”
See also the brief description at the National Gallery of Scotland:

Condition: crisp and well-printed impression with small margins in faultless condition.

I am selling this simple but graphically strong etching by one of the greatest printmakers of history, for the total cost of AU$123 (currently US$89.21/EUR78.13/GBP69.25 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this rare and elegantly minimal composition, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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