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Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607–1677, Bohemian

View of Steiereck on the Danube

ca. 1636
Pen and brown ink, pen and black ink and gray wash on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 4 × 9 1/4 inches (10.2 × 23.5 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, upper center: "Steiereck"; in pen and brown ink, lower center: "Danubuis flavius".

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | boats | castle | hills | men | river | trees
Associated Places:
Danube River | Europe
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This tranquil scene was drawn in 1636 when Hollar was traveling with the Earl of Arundel’s embassy to the imperial court of Ferdinand II. Steiereck, now called Steyregg, is a few miles east of Linz, on the Danube, en route to Vienna. The barges in the foreground flying the flag of St. George, which are featured in many of Hollar’s drawings of the journey, are part of the English ambassador's flotilla. Hollar’s drawings of the Arundel embassy trip cover more than one hundred sheets. These drawings may have been intended as illustrations for the journal published by William Crowe, Arundel’s secretary, recounting the embassy’s travels, but they were not included in the 1637 publication. Hollar is here serving as an expedition artist, as he did again much later when he was appointed by Charles II to go to Tangiers with Lord Henry Howard to take views of the town and fortifications. In a letter to Charles requesting an appointment for this expedition, Hollar signed himself “his Majesties Scenographer.”

John Baskett, Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 242, no. 4, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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