Wenceslaus Hollar, 'Autumn'

Wenceslaus Hollar, 'Autumn'

Wenceslaus Hollar  (1607-1677)
'Autumn'
1641
Etching
Museum no. E.6143-1911

This print by Wenceslaus Hollar is one of a set of four etchings from a series 'The Four Seasons', each with a three-quarter length figure of a woman dressed appropriately for the time of year.  The woman in this print depicts autumn. In her hand she holds an apple, a common pictorial reference to the season. It perhaps suggests other meanings too; the verses below the illustrations have erotic connotations and the apple can be perceived as the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and a symbol of worldly sin.