Inscribed by the artist, "Tangier from South East / Irish Battery, Charles fort, Peterborough Tower, Upper Castle, Governours house, Yorke Castle, Coast of Spaine, Point of Gibraltar, Cape Malabara, Coast of Barbary / Tariffa / The Mould / Bay of Tangier".
Watermark: Horn with strap inside crowned shield over "4" and letters "WR".
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 198, repr.
The Thaw collection of master drawings : acquisitions since 2002. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2009, no. 11, repr.
Hollar accompanied an English delegation to the key Moroccan port of Tangier as a royal scenographer charged with making accurate views of the city. Although Portugal had ceded Tangier to England in 1662, the English were unable to wrest control of the city from Sultan al-Rashīd (r. 1664-72). The delegation failed even to negotiate trading rights, but once back in England, the artist made a successful series of etchings of the city based on drawings such as this one. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.