"Arx Regia Holmensis qua Urbem Spectat / Das Konigt Scholss zu Stockholm Kegen der Stadt Anzusehen", Dahlberg, Count Erik Jonsson
Subject: Stockholm, Sweden
Period: 1690 (circa)
Publication: Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna
Color: Black & White
14.5 x 8.7 inches
36.8 x 22.1 cm
Count Dahlberg was an army Field Marshall, architect, and military engineer from Stockholm, Sweden. Dahlberg was greatly inspired by Matthaeus Merian’s Theatrum Europaeum, as well as his other topographies, and desired to create a similar work of his own. In 1661 Charles XI of Sweden granted Dahlberg a royal privilege to create a topographical work on Sweden. Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna took more than a decade to complete, and showed Sweden's finest cities, buildings, monuments, and gardens from the seventeenth century. Several famous French engravers were engaged to execute the engravings based on original drawings by Dahlberg, including Adam Perelle, Jean Marot, Jean Le Pautre and Nicolas Perelle. Unfortunately many delays ensued, and Dutch engravers were then hired to complete the work, among them Willem Swidde and Johan van den Aveelen. Only about 1000 copies of each engraving were printed, which were not intended for sale but for as presentation pieces. This engraving shows the king's castle in Stockholm, adorned with several coats of arms. The castle burned down in 1697, but the churches of St. James and St. Nicholas are still standing. Engraved by Jean Marot.
A fine impression on watermarked paper with very wide margins. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.