Hollar's portrait of an African girl
By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus] , 1645

[Print of an African girl with hair bonnet]

Art & Architecture
  • Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
  • Publication place: Antwerp
  • Publication date: 1645.
  • Physical description: Etching.
  • Dimensions: 76 by 56mm. (3 by 2.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18278


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 girl wearing a laced bonnet and collar over neat dress, appearing to smile at the viewer. Unfortunately almost all the subjects of Hollar’s portraits remain anonymous.


  1. NHG Hollar 815
  2. Pennington 2008.