West View of Salisbury Cathedral

1671

By Wenceslas Hollar

Hollar was born in Prague and came to England in the 1637 after taking employment with the Earl of Arundell. He became well known for producing views of landscapes and buildings as well as portraits and still life in many different forms. This etchings was prepared for William Dugdale’s Monasticon Anglicanum. The separate medieval bell-tower of the Cathedral can be seen. The tower was pulled down by James Wyatt during his restoration of the building between 1789 and 1792.

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Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury.

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