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Culture
Bohemia, 17th century
Title
The Seasons
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Work Type
Print
Date
1643-1644
Material
etching
Description
Increments of time, such as the seasons, were one of the most popular subjects for printed sets. Wenceslaus Hollar alone made six different versions. Hollar was a professional printmaker with over 3,000 prints to his credit. Born in Bohemia, he worked in Germany, London, and Antwerp. He came to London in 1636 while in the employ of the Earl of Arundel, an important collector that Hollar met in Germany. Apparently free to pursue independent projects, Hollar designed and etched this series around 1643–44. Here, each season is personified by elegantly clad ladies, appropriately dressed for their particular climate, with recognizable landmarks in and around London in the backgrounds. The inscriptions, in an older version of English, are slightly suggestive, in keeping with the lighthearted character of the imagery. The inscription reads: "Welcome sweet Lady you do bring / Rich presents of a hopeful Spring / That makes the Earth to look so green / As when she first began to teem."
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Etching
Department: Prints
Provenance: J. P. Heseltine, London (L. 1508); William Morris Tilden; Saranac Lake, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Williams Collection
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1959.317_full.tif
SSID
24604748

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