Probably Queen Henrietta Maria

Wenceslaus Hollar, Peter Stent - publisher

Wenceslaus Hollar, Peter Stent - publisher - Probably Queen Henrietta Maria
Apart from art collections, landscapes and important buildings, Hollar also had an interest in people. He was particularly keen on portraying women and their costumes. At the time, he published in England a cycle of prints of women’s costumes, his famous Four Seasons cycles, and a series of women’s heads rendered in circular formats. These works seem to have been in demand in much the same way as fashion magazines are today, as they mainly portrayed women of higher social status. This dark-haired lady is sometimes claimed to represent the wife of Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria. The sheet belonges to the series of Women’s Heads in Circles.
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measurements: height 90 mm
width 90 mm
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material: paper
technique: etching
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inventory number: R 86324
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
licence: Creative Commons License public domain