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This is an example of state iv (the last) of this engraving of 1637, probably issued after 1642. The image, from two plates separately printed and joined at the centre (GRAEN / WICH), is Hollar's earliest dated London view and probably his first important work after arrival in England in 1636, under the patronage of the Earl of Arundel. The cartouche originally bore a 1637 dedication to Henrietta Maria, whose newly finished Queen's House forms the visual focus. This was removed, possibly when she left England on the eve of the Civil War in January 1642, leaving a blank cartouche (state ii). The Latin verse by Henry Peacham (d. 1643) was then substituted above his name and a new 1637 signature by Hollar (state iii). In this example (state iv), both names and the date have been removed to make way for a free English translation of the Latin verse, with an undated 'W. Hollar fecit' added below and 'London Printed and sould by Peter Stent at the Crowne in Giltspur street betwixt new Gate and pie Corner' beneath the image border, left. Heavy clouds in earlier states have also been removed.
Original size: 150 mm x 830 mm
- Image reference: PT2421
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London