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Auction 116, Lot 497

"Husden", Priorato, Galaezzo Gualdo

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1734 (circa)

Publication: Teatro del Belgio

Color: Hand Color

16 x 12.2 inches
40.6 x 31 cm
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Uncommon bird's-eye fortification plan of Heusden with delightful windmills and boats in the Meuse River. Heusden was part of the belt of defenses around Ghent. Gualdo Priorato entered military service at a very young age and served in Flanders under the Prince of Orange. During his varied military career he was knighted by the King of France and the Venetian Republic, the Pope made him a Roman noble, Christina of Sweden named him First-Gentleman, and Emperor Leopold I appointed him counselor and historiographer. After his retirement, he authored several historical accounts including the Teatro del Belgio, which described the Catholic/Protestant wars in Belgium and Netherlands during the seventeenth century. His superb plans do not show the internal layout of the cities, except for showing the locations of the major churches. Instead the emphasis is on the fortification enclosure and the outertworks, as well as on the surrounding site, rivers and canals.

References: Pollak #48.

Condition: B

Bit of light surface soil on folds. Narrow margins as issued with a couple of binding holes affecting the neatline at left.

Estimate: $140 - $180


Closed on 9/20/2006