- Museum number
- Object: GRÆNWICH
Long view of Greenwich with the future Royal Observatory on the left, the Queen's House in the centre and a view of the City of London in the distance; first state. 1637
Etching, printed from two plates joined down the centre
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Height: 148 millimetres
Width: 842 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text from Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', BM 1998 cat.45)
This ambitious print was made soon after Hollar's arrival in London. It shows a panorama of Greenwich, with Inigo Jones's Queen's House in the centre, the future Royal Observatory on the left, and London in the distance. The house had originally been designed for Queen Anne of Denmark, but was only completed in the 1630s for Henrietta Maria, to whom the print is appropriately dedicated. Hollar signs himself as the 'engraver of the most excellent Count of Arundel and Surrey', and Arundel, who had also owned a house in Greenwich which had burned down in 1617, must have been behind the print.
Unlike the plates by Voerst and Vorsterman which had been commissioned by Charles I, this plate remained in Hollar's hands, and he later reworked it to remove the dedication to the Queen. This must have happened in the early 1640s, at the height of her unpopularity, when he filled the space with some lines of verse written for him by his friend Peacham. Later when he left for Antwerp in 1644, he sold the plates to the publisher Stent. Hollar told Francis Place that Stent 'gave him but 30 shill. for the Long View of Greenwich which very well deserved 10 or fifteen pounds' (Vertue I p.34).
See R. Godfrey, 'Wenceslaus Hollar: A Bohemian Artist in England', New Haven and London, 1994, no. 32.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994/5 Nov-Jan, New Haven, Yale Center Brit Art, Wenceslaus Hollar...
1998 BM, The Print in Stuart Britain, cat.45
2000 Jan-Mar, Ipswich, Christchurch Mansion, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000 May-Jul, Bristol, City Mus and AG, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000 Oct-Dec, Lancaster, Peter Scott Gallery, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2000/1 Dec-Feb, Banff, Duff House, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2001 Feb-May, Cardiff, National Mus, Printmaking in Stuart Britain
2009 Apr-Aug BM, P&D, Room 90, British Printed Images to 1700
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from Messrs Colnaghi for £26 5s.; formerly in the collections of the Duke of Buckingham and Colonel Durrant (lot 35). According to A.E.Graves catalogue for 1857, p.51, this impression was discovered in Germany. It was thought unique until another was acquired for the Royal collection.
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