Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)

Queen Henrietta Maria

London, 1641


Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) was the daughter of Henri IV of France and the wife of Charles I. Although her Roman Catholicism alienated many of her subjects, she gave strong and devoted support to her husband.

Wenceslaus Hollar was a prolific artist, producing nearly 2,800 prints and many watercolours and drawings. In this unfinished etching after a portrait by Van Dyck, Hollar has sensitively illustrated Henrietta Maria’s delicate curls and depicted her wearing pearls to emphasise her wealth and status. During the Civil War (1642–1651) she sold her jewellery to raise funds to buy munitions from France.

Purchased 1991 (No. 91.5)


We show a rotating selection of works on paper in our two dedicated exhibition spaces.If you wish to view a work not currently on display, you can make an appointment to see it in the Prints and Drawings Study Room, which is equipped with viewing lecterns and a study/seminar table.


The study room is open to students, scholars and members of the general public, individually or in small groups, by prior appointment only. The room has tables and chairs to facilitate private study or seminars.


Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm and 2 – 4.30pm

Groups welcome – but limited to 12 people at any one time, please!


Appointments: collections@barber.org.uk or +44 (0)121 414 7350

Related Posts