"'T Escuriaal", Halma, Francois
Subject: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving…
Color: Hand Color
10.7 x 7.4 inches
27.2 x 18.8 cm
This engraving gives a bird's-eye perspective of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, located in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, which is about 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid.
This engraving appeared in Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving, nae de Rechte Verdeeling der Landschappen, Plaetsen, Zeeën, Rivieren, &c. Geographisch, Politisch, Historisch, Chronologisch en Genealogisch, a Dutch edition of A. Phérotée de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode Pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie Universelle, which first appeared in 1690. The Dutch edition was published by Francois Halma and included 98 maps and views. Halma acquired many of the plates for Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving from Joannes Ribbius, who had enlisted the services of engraver Antoine de Winter to make copies of the maps in Nicolas Sanson's quarto atlases of the four continents. De Winter made very few geographical changes and maintained the attribution to Sanson on the newly engraved plates. Halma supplemented the Sanson maps with about a dozen new maps engraved in the same style as Sanson's, without any attribution on the maps, as well as 23 panoramic views of famous cities around the world.
A sharp impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet.