Auction 148, Lot 623

"Margat", Raignauld, Henry

Subject: Holy Land, Syria

Period: 1629 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10.4 x 7.6 inches
26.4 x 19.3 cm

This small plan depicts the fortified city of Margat, in present-day Syria, on a ridge above the town of Valanie. In the top corner of the image is the Order of the Knights of St. John's coat of arms. Also known as the Knights Hospitaller, the Order was responsible for the protection of the pilgrims’ travel to the Holy Land, and Margat served as a strategic stop in that journey given its location on a hill and proximity to the Mediterranean. The walled city is guarded by two large cannons and surrounded by illustrations including various ships, windmills, small animals, hamlets, a farmer, and a weeping woman.


Condition: B+

A nice dark impression with two small holes that have been professionally infilled with a tiny amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000


Closed on 2/19/2014