Sunday, May 04, 2014

Monasticon Anglicanum

More than five hundred years after the Reformation in England,one of the reasons why we have anything about the great medieval abbeys and churches is due to the work of two antiquarians, Sir William Dugdale (12 September 1605 – 10 February 1686) and Roger Dodsworth (1585–1654) 

Many of the  ecclesiastical buildings were looted, vandalised and left to the ravages of time

Dugdale and his associates began their work about one hundred years after the Henrician revolution and fortunately before the Commonwealth and then later the Glorious Revolution  which saw more vandalism and neglect of these great mighty relics of an age and Christianity gone past

The Monasticon Anglicanum printed selected charters recording gifts of land and churches to monastic houses in England and Wales: 1st edn [in Latin], 3 vols. (1655-73) with engravings mainly by Wenceslaus Hollar (13 July 1607 – 25 March 1677), and Daniel King. 

Hollar produced a variety of works; his plates number some 2740, and include views, portraits, ships, religious subjects, heraldic subjects, landscapes, and still life in many different forms. 

Almost complete collections of Hollar's work are kept in the British Museum, the print room at Windsor Castle and the National Gallery in Prague.

See also Richard Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar, A Bohemian Artist in England, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (Ct.), 1995,