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Auction 118, Lot 556

"London", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: England, London

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Europaeum

Color: Black & White

27.5 x 8.3 inches
69.9 x 21.1 cm

This is fine panorama of London, printed on two joined sheets, is largely based on Visscher's similar view. It presents a pre-fire prospect and covers from White Hall to St. Catherines Dock, with a 43-point key. At center is the London Bridge and prominent on the skyline is St. Paul's Cathedral. In the foreground are the locations of The Globe, Bear Garden, and the Swan Theatre. Two coats of arms complete the composition.

References: Howgego p. 9.

Condition: B

Some professional tissue repairs on verso, to strengthen some separated folds and minor tears along folds. There is some paper restoration in blank margins and in the legend below the image, including some facsimile of some text. A couple of small repaired tears enters the image at bottom. Remnants of framer's hinges on verso.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 3/6/2007