Auction 121, Lot 614

"Wahrer Abriss der Beyden Koniglichen Haubt Alt und Newstatt Prag, wie Dieselben…", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Czech Republic, Prague

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Europaeum

Color: Black & White

Size:
23 x 11.7 inches
58.4 x 29.7 cm

This is a panoramic view of the Swedish siege of Prague, one of the final battles in the Thirty Years' War. The beleaguered city is pictured with its battered defensive walls, fires blazing and canons firing. In the foreground is the ravaged countryside and a hilltop artillery battery. The title is contained in an dramatic drape-style cartouche set in a cloud background with allegorical figures and two portraits.

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Condition: B

Printer's crease in portrait at right, else very good. Couple of minor fold separations in bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/26/2007

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