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Auction 174, Lot 748

"'T Fort Tacaray", Dapper, Olivier

Subject: Fort Witsen, Ghana

Period: 1668 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 9.8 inches
34 x 24.9 cm
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This finely engraved coastal view shows Fort Tacaray (also known as Fort Witsen), near Sekondi-Takoradi in present-day Ghana. Various European nations established forts along the Gold Coast of Africa to control trade in gold, ivory, and slaves. These forts were the site of continual conflict among both Europeans and competing African kingdoms. This view was likely published a few years after the fort was established in 1665. The original fort only stood for a few years before it was destroyed and the site abandoned.


Condition: A

Issued folding with a crowned lily watermark. There is a printer's crease at top and a few minor spots.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $70

Closed on 9/11/2019