Monday 18 April 2011

Thinking of Tornado Struck Lives - Sources of Design - Peter Stent and Wenceslas Hollar

It seems that Life really is one thing after another - we are hearing of the terrible tornados in the US and we are particularly remembering all those whose lives have been turned upside down. Not long ago it was you who were giving kind sympathy to Earthquake struck families in Japan and New Zealand, and now you are on the receiving end of our prayers. We are sorry for your troubles and pain.
Just a little note about sources of design - what I was going to say will keep for another day. Many authors cite sources of 17th century patterns, particularly those published by Peter Stent in London. However, not everyone knows that many of these pattern pages were drawn by the great Prague draughtsman, and one of my favourite artists, Wenceslas Hollar. Above you can see an example of his work. And if you click here, you can see some lovely engravings by Wenceslas Hollar in the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Click on each image for really lovely close-up viewing.

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