Auction 134, Lot 610

"The City of Babylon", Fletcher, Henry

Subject: Iraq

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.5 x 12.8 inches
34.3 x 32.5 cm

A fine, scarce engraving showing the legendary city of Babylon, the most important city of Mesopotamia, whose name is thought to mean the gate of the gods. The meticulously laid-out city is surrounded by walls and canals with the Euphrates flowing through the center. The magnificent palaces, sanctuaries and tower of Babel are all depicted. In the foreground the road leading to the city is filled with elephants, camels, merchants and shepherds.

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Condition: A

Fine save for a couple minor printer's creases.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/1/2010

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