Wenzel Hollar

Dark Fur Double-Muff with black Half-Mask


Parthey 1949; Turner (The New Hollstein) 384.


A very fine impression. Trimmed to or just within the platemark.
This still life is one of a total of 8 different depictions of fur muffs. Hollar produced this series during his first stay in England in the early 1640s, when he was in the service of Lord Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel. Hollar’s seductive depiction suggests the closeness of a sophisticated woman who has shed her luxurious accessories after coming in from the cold. The fine lines of the etching and engraving, which express the prickly softness of the fur, wore off quickly in later prints, so that richly inked prints such as the present one are rare. – Verso with remnants and traces of former mounting, otherwise in good condition.

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