Hollar as a Mapmaker

A new display beginning July 20 in the Maps Reading Room lobby at the British Library: Hollar as a Mapmaker. “The display celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Czech artist and etcher Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677). Best known for his landscapes, portraits, fashion plates and depictions of antiquities, Hollar also had a lifelong love of maps and earned a living by etching them. It’s a small exhibition with an accompanying leaflet, and will feature some of the most outstanding but little-known decorative examples of his work, which incorporate views and portraits.”

Update, July 13: Radio Praha notes the 400th anniversary of Hollar’s birth; see also the Wikipedia entry on Hollar (whose first name, in Czech, is Václav).