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Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607–1677, Bohemian

View of the East Part of Southwark, Looking Towards Greenwich

Additional Title(s):

The East Side of Southwark towards Greenwich

ca. 1638
Pen and blue-black ink, pen and brown ink, and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 5 5/8 × 12 1/8 inches (14.3 × 30.8 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, upper center: "East part of South | Warke \ Grenwich."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
buildings | cityscape | view
Associated Places:
England | Europe | London | Southwark | United Kingdom
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IIIF Manifest:

This view looking east across the roofs of Southwark, toward a faintly penciled background suggesting the distant environs of Greenwich and Eltham, was a study for Hollar's “Long View of London from Bankside”, published in 1647 in Antwerp. The jumble of London houses is punctuated by the square tower of St. Olave’s Church, on the left, and a similar, smaller tower to the right, identified as St. George’s, Southwark. The bend in the Thames toward Greenwich is filled with boats, while the Tower of London is roughly sketched in pencil on the opposite bank.

This study was for sheets 6 and 7, the right-hand sections of the “Long View”. The Center’s collection also includes the study for sheets 2 and 3, “A View from St. Mary's, Southwark, Looking Towards Westminster”. Hollar apparently made these sketches before fleeing England for Antwerp in 1644 and used them as the basis for the engraving he produced there. A. M. Hind speculated that the present study was done from the tower of St. Mary Overie (now Southwark Cathedral), the location named in the title of the study for sheets 2 and 3. Working from this sketch, Hollar depicts a markedly different perspective in the final engraving, in which the view-point swings sharply to the left, looking more directly toward the Tower of London and eliminating the view toward Eltham and the top of the Thames bend. The construction of St. Olave’s Church tower also changes in the engraving, to a centered cupola and two sets of windows.

Lisa Ford

Baskett, John, Jules David Prown, Duncan Robinson, Brian Allen, and William Reese. Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art , 2007, cat. no. 5

A loan exhibition of English drawings and watercolours from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, cat. no. 2, pl. 2, N5247.M385 L62 (YCBA)

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. 5, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 270, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]

English Drawings and Watercolours from the Mellon Collection, The Times (London), issue no. 56195, December 15, 1964, p. 6, Available online: The Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

National Gallery in Prague, Wenceslaus Hollar: Drawing, 1607-1677, [Prague], p. 299, cat. 47, NJ18.H73 V65 2017 (LC) Oversize (YCBA)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 2, no. 5, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, p. 270, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]

Yale University Art Gallery, English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965 , New Haven, 1965, cat. no. 2, Pl. II, NC228 Y34 (YCBA)

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