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Whole-length women as allegories of The four seasons
1643-1644
set of 4 prints

Medium
etching
Measurements
(1) 24.2 × 18.0 cm (image) 26.4 × 18.6 cm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)
(2) 24.3 × 17.9 cm (image) 26.5 × 18.3 cm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)
(3) 24.2 × 17.7 cm (image) 26.0 × 17.7 cm (sheet, trimmed within platemark) 30.7 × 22.2 cm (backing sheet)
(4) 24.0 × 18.1 cm (image) 25.7 × 18.3 cm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
New Hollstein 438 ii/ii; Pennington 606 ii/ii, 607-609; Parthey 606-609
Inscription
(1) printed in ink (in image) l.l.: W Hollar, inu. et fecit Londini 1643
printed in ink (in image) l.r.: I
printed in ink l.c.: Spring
printed in ink l.l.: Welcom sweet Lady you doe bring / Rich presents of a hopefull Spring
printed in ink l.r.: That makes the Earth to looke so greene / As when she first began to teeme
(2) printed in ink (in image) l.l.: W: Hollar inu: et fecit, Londini 1644
printed in ink (in image) l.r.: 2
printed in ink l.c.: Summer
printed in ink l.l.: Now Phoebus, crowns our Sumer dayes / With stronger heate and brighter rayes
printed in ink l.r.: Her louely neck, and brest are bare, / Whilst her fann doth coole the Ayre.\
(3) printed in ink (in image) l.l.: W: Hollar inu et fecit Londini 1644.
printed in ink (in image) l.r.: 3
printed in ink l.c.: Autumne
printed in ink l.l.: As Autumes fruit doth mourne and wast / And if not pluckt it dropps at last
printed in ink l.r.: So of herselfe (she feares) she shall, / If not timely gather'd, fall.
(4) printed in ink (in image) l.l.: W. Hollar fecit 1643
printed in ink (in image) l.r.: 4
printed in ink l.c.: Winter
printed in ink l.l.: The cold, not cruelty makes her weare / In Winter, furrs and Wild beasts haire
printed in ink l.r.: For a smoother skinn at night / Embraceth her with more delight.
Accession Number
2290.1-4-4
Departments
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1950
Gallery location
Not on display

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