Engraving measuring approximately 15" by 20 3/4" (19 1/2" by 25 1/2" framed) titled at bottom in Latin "PROSPECTUS TESTUDINIS MURORUM ET PAVIMENTI SANCTI SANCTORUM", signed at lower right corner and dated 1656 (final digit difficult) by the noted Bohemian-born artist WENCESLAUS HOLLAR (1607-1677). Also known as "Vaclav" Hollar, and a few other variants, the artist was born in Prague. He trained under the noted Matthaus Merian in Frankfurt, and in subsequent years traveled the Rhineland area and Antwerp, with large blocks of time in London as well. Hollar's (rare) original drawings and his prints showing London before the Great Fire of 1666 are important historical documents of their time. Hollar was a prolific print maker, with approximately 3,000 known subjects. The University of Toronto has a digital collection of many of the known prints. This example shows its great age, with center crease, some discoloration, edge tear at left, old drawn parallel red border lines etc. The print is over 350 years old.
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