Allegory of the element Earth, with four putti with a cornucopia underneath a tree. In the background several figures are harvesting grain.
Etching on hand laid paper, made by Wenceslaus Hollar after Pieter van Avont. Made in Antwerp, dated 1647. Sheet size 204 x 139 mm.
Wenceslaus Hollar (Prague 1607 – 1677 London) was a prolific and well-known Bohemian printmaker, who spent much of his life in England. He is known to German speakers as Wenzel Hollar; and to Czech speakers as Václav Hollar. He is particularly remembered for his engravings and etchings.
In good condition, cropped within platemark, with minimal loss of image on the far left. A tiny pinhole in the center of the sheet (hardly visible from front).
References: New Hollstein German iii.224: 942 (ii/3).