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Friday 19 April 2024

Wenceslaus Hollar, “Head of a Child”, 1646, after Aegidius Sadeler II

Wenceslaus Hollar (aka Wenzel Hollar; Václav Hollar) (1607–1677)

“Head of a Child”, 1646, after a drawing by Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Egidius Sadeler; Ægedius Sadeler; Gillis Sadeler) (c.1570–1629).

Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet trimmed irregularly) 17 x 14 cm.

Inscribed in plate: (faintly at upper right) “WHollar fecit,/ 1646”; (lower left) “Egidius Sadeler delineauit.”

Pennington 1640 (Richard Pennington 1982, “A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar 1607–1677”, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, p. 279, cat. no. 1640); New Hollstein German (Hollar) 879 (Giulia Bartrum [ed.] 2009-, “The New Hollstein: German engravings, etchings and woodcuts 1400-1700: Wenceslaus Hollar”, vol. III, Ouderkerk aan den Ijssel, Sound and Vision, p. 164, cat. no. 879).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Head of a child with curly hair, directed to front, looking to left, smiling; after Sadeler. 1646/ Etching” (
See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed irregularly around the platemark. There are a few spots and surface marks, otherwise, the sheet is in a good condition for its considerable age and is laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins.

I am selling this sensitively executed and very beautiful etching of a young child, for the total cost of AU$304 (currently US$195.07/EUR183.19/GBP156.81 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 superb study of a child’s head, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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