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The Dead Mole
  • Wenceslaus Hollar
    born: Prague, Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) ; died: London, England, United Kingdom ; active: Germany, Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgiu
  • The Dead Mole, 1646
  • Where object was made: Antwerp, Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium)
  • etching
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 51 x 126 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 70 x 138 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 2 x 4 15/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 2 3/4 x 5 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 11 x 14 in
  • Gift from the John and Ann Talleur Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2001.0131
Label Text
Catalogue raisonné

Exhibition Label:
"Cabinets of Curiosity: Musing About Collections," Jun-2006, Joseph Keehn and Madeline Rislow
Hollar was an enormously prolific etcher who spent part of his career documenting important seventeenth-century collections in England, Germany and the Low Countries, notably that of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel. His etchings of objects in Arundel's collection included a large set of butterflies and insects, etchings of paintings and drawings in the Earl's collection by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein the younger and Holbein the elder.

We do not know the circumstances under which Hollar etched The Dead Mole, but it is probably too early to have been an item in the Arundel Collection.