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Hollar bye the waterhouse.JPG (54278 bytes) Wencelaus Hollar

by the Waterhouse (Islington)

London, John Overton 1665 – c.90. Etching. 90x120mm. Trimmed within platemark, small abrasion in the sky. £180

A fine, dark impression. 

A delicately executed views of the Islington Waterhouse (built 1613) and the New River, looking south east. Plate ‘b’ shows the city of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance. Hollar had fled from London to Islington with his family at the outbreak of the Great Plague in 1665. However, poverty meant that the Hollars could not move further away from the stricken capital and tragically Hollar lost his son James to the illness. Hind 77 II/II.


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