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Royal Exchange

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1644

Artist:

Wenceslaus Hollar
Bohemian, 1607-1677

About this artwork

Wenceslaus Hollar depicted this international marketplace in intricate detail, including such intimate scenes as a woman hawking broadsheet prints on the left and Turkish vendors in the center. Sir Thomas Gresham, whose portrait medallion hangs beneath the title in later states, built this impressive structure in 1569. The building burned to the ground in London’s Great Fire, 22 years after Hollar’s depiction. The print would be reissued in 1668, however, catering to public interest by adding a caption reading, “This is ye Exact Representation of ye Royall Exchange as it was before ye late Fire, 1666, designed and engauen by W. Hollar.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title

Royal Exchange

Origin

Bohemia

Date

Made 1644

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

293 × 392 mm (sheet; trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1554

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