Hollar's portrait of an African boy
By HOLLAR , 1645

[Print of an African boy]

Art & Architecture
  • Author: HOLLAR
  • Publication place: [Antwerp]
  • Publication date: 1645.
  • Physical description: Etching.
  • Dimensions: 81 by 64mm. (3.25 by 2.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18280


In 1645, after his escape from the Parliamentary forces that had captured him as part of the Royalist regiment and his return to Antwerp, Hollar published a number of portraits, the most remarkable of which show three diasporic African people. The present image shows an African boy in profile wearing a broad white collar, set in an oval frame. Unfortunately almost all the subjects of Hollar’s portraits remain anonymous.


  1. Met 61.663.192
  2. NHG Hollar 147
  3. Pennington 2005.
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