Wednesday, 26 December 2018
Wenceslaus Hollar's etching, “A Recumbent Lion”, 1645, after Albrecht Dürer
Wenceslaus Hollar (aka Wenzel Hollar; Václav Hollar) (1607–77)
“A Recumbent Lion”, 1645, after Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Etching on fine laid paper with small margins backed on a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 11 x 14.5 cm; (plate) 9.5 x 12.9 cm
Inscribed on plate: (lower left) “Alb. Durer pinxit, / W. Hollar fecit, ex Collectione / Arundeliana 1645; (lower right) “1518 / “AD” [Dürer's monogram]
State i (of ii) Lifetime impression before the rework on the lower part of the lion’s body immediate behind its mane (compare this impression to the second state impression held by the British Museum: )
Pennington 1982 2094 i/ii (Richard Pennington 1982, “A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607–1677”, Cambridge, p. 329); New Hollstein (German) 819.I (Hollar).
The British Museum offers a description of this print:
See also the description offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Condition: crisp and well-printed impression with small margins in near faultless condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing). The sheet is backed with a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this exceptionally rare and stunning lifetime/first state etching from 1645 of a lion with eyes that seem to stare into your soul, for the total cost of AU$320 (currently US$225.64/EUR197.79/GBP177.59 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 strong etching executed by one of the greatest printmakers of the 17th century, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold