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Sea storms

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Q,4.369

  • Title (series)

    • Sea storms
  • Description

    Warships and a spouting whale; warship scudding to left, with seamen clewing up the main topsail and spritsail, in rough sea under stormy sky; six ships on left and right and whale in the foreground swimming to right; first state. 1665
    Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1665
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 124 millimetres
    • Width: 272 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below towards right "W. Hollar inu: et sculp: 1665. [] Peter Stent exc:".
  • Curator's comments

    According to Pennington, this print would belong to a series of four plates of sea storms listed in Henry Overton's catalogue of 1717.

  • Bibliography

    • Pennington 1275.I bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein 1841.I (Hollar) bibliographic details
    • Globe 485 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XVIIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    1993/4 Dec-April, Sheffield, Graves AG, Wenceslaus Hollar: 1607-1677

  • Subjects

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Q,4.369

Warship scudding to l, with seamen clewing up the main topsail and spritsail, in rough sea under stormy sky; six ships on l and r and whale in the foreground swimming to r; first state.  1665
Etching

Warship scudding to l, with seamen clewing up the main topsail and spritsail, in rough sea under stormy sky; six ships on l and r and whale in the foreground swimming to r; first state. 1665 Etching

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