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Initial letters B and A in top row, C and D in second row and E and F in third row, with Dance of Death motives, featuring kings and queens; after Hans Holbein the Younger' woodcuts of letters of the alphabet. 1651
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Height: 86 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 55 millimetres (trimmed)
- Curator's comments
- See also 1868,0822.316 and Ee,2.14
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Q,6 is an album of prints by Hollar that was assembled by William Alexander in 1811, as a supplement to the two Hollar volumes previously put together by Thomas Philipe (see Q,4 and 5). Alexander reported its creation to the Trustees on 11 May 1811: 'A third volume of Hollar's works (chiefly topographical) has been filled agreeably to Vertue's arrangement, which was not done in the first two volumes', and added that he had written a manuscript catalogue of the contents.
In the same report to the Trustees, Alexander added that 'he requests he may be permitted to present 37 etchings by Hollar, the whole of which are wanting in the BM collection.' On 8 June the following month he additionally reported that 'J Towneley Esq has presented 31 prints by Hollar which have been placed in their proper situations agreeably to Vertue's catalogue'. The album Q,6 contained a total of 197 prints by Hollar, and it is obvious that these 68 gifts were included among them, though there seems to be no way to identify which of the prints they were. Of the remaining129 prints, 34 are marked as coming from Cracherode, and the remainder probably come from Sloane. They included many large-size sheets, and some doubtful attributions. The existence of these prints (and of the other non-Hollar topographical prints that Philipe later placed in Q,7 and 8) proves that many loose prints had been left unarranged after Philipe had finished his work in 1810.
The album Q,6 begins with 19 Biblical and mythological subjects, and then continues with prints relating to British history and British topography (maps and other large sizes), with 14 strays added at the end (most of them being a set of putti by Carter). In July 1833 Ottley removed some of the prints and placed then in a new album, now Ee,2, where they were listed in the 1837 inventory. See comment on Ee,2.1.
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