Prints and printmaking, £12.99
Height: 256.000 mm
Width: 182.000 mm
PD 1850-2-23-434 (Pennington 609)
Prints and Drawings
Wenceslaus Hollar, Winter, an etching
Czech, signed and dated AD 1643
One of four etchings of the Seasons, each represented by a suitably clothed woman
The young woman is warmly dressed against the cold. She wears a number of skirts, a fur collar, a hood, a mask, and she carries a fur muff. She has gathered up her skirts as if to protect them from muddy ground. The gesture carries a tacit erotic message by revealing her lace-trimmed underskirt and dainty shoe. This significance is emphasized by her bold gaze and made explicit by the accompanying verse ('For a smoother skin at night / Embraceth her with more delight').
Hollar's virtuosity as an etcher is apparent from the variety of fabrics and furs he captures in the woman's garments.
A. Griffiths and G. Kesnerova, Wenceslaus Hollar: prints and (London, The British Museum Press, 1983)
A. Griffiths, The print in Stuart Britain, exh. cat. (London, The British Museum Press, 1998)