Hollar's portrait of an African woman in profile
By HOLLAR, W[enceslaus] , 1645

[Print of an African woman in profile]

Art & Architecture
  • Author: HOLLAR, W[enceslaus]
  • Publication place: [Antwerp]
  • Publication date: 1645.
  • Physical description: Etching, trimmed to platemark.
  • Dimensions: 60 by 45mm. (2.25 by 1.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18279


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 woman in profile wearing a simple bonnet and broad white collar. Unfortunately almost all the subjects of Hollar’s portraits remain anonymous.


  1. NHG Hollar 813
  2. Pennington 2007.