"St. Petersbourg", Tardieu, Pierre Francois
Subject: St. Petersburg, Russia
Period: 1790 (circa)
Color: Black & White
28.4 x 17.1 inches
72.1 x 43.4 cm
Exceptional plan of the city centered on the fortress on the Neva River. The Neva is often called the Main Street of St. Petersburg, a reference to its importance to commerce and transportation. An extensive list at right identifies over 75 buildings including the palace, academy of science, gardens, mansions, and much more. The plan itself is remarkably detailed with individual streets and buildings shown. Decorative title cartouche with two distance scales below. Large compass rose with fleur-de-lys at lower left. This plan was originally made at the direction of the Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1753. Drawn by Dubuisson and engraved by Tardieu.
Folding as issued with some soft folds and soil along centerfold. Glue remnants on verso along centerfold with a little show through. Small hole at fold intersection and an old repaired tear entering 1" into legend at right.