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Auction 157, Lot 444

"Europa in de Gedaante eener Zittende Dame",

Subject: Europe

Period: 1800 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9.2 x 6.5 inches
23.4 x 16.5 cm

This interesting satirical map depicts Europe as a female figure. This map follows the tradition of depicting Europe as a regal queen but with an interesting twist and political commentary. This anti-Napoleonic image demotes Europa from a queen to a homely middle-aged housewife, or seated woman. The figure is superimposed over a map that shows political boundaries. The Iberian Peninsula forms the head with a matronly cap. Italy is her left arm that holds a cup (Sicily) that she is stirring with a pair of sheers held in her right hand (Corsica and Sardinia). Her scarf forms Britain, and the rest of the continent is encompassed in her flowing dress. This map was based on a similar one by Francois Bohn circa 1794. Printed by K. Fuhri.

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Condition: B+

Clean and bright example with a few archivally repaired tears in the lower blank margin that just enter the map border. A tear in bottom right corner has been closed on verso with cello tape, not affecting image.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/4/2016

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