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Auction 188, Lot 748

"[Atlas Historique]", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Frontispiece

Period: 1720 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9.1 x 15.4 inches
23.1 x 39.1 cm
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This frontispiece, by B. Picart, shows classical muses representing: Geography, using measuring dividers on a map; Navigation with a crown of ships' bows and holding an oar; Chronology, holding a genealogical chart; and winged History writing the Atlas Historique. The muses surround Atlas who supports the large globe at center. Above them it appears that Father Time is carrying a woman to heaven where a pantheon of ancient gods awaits in the clouds.


Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a soft horizontal crease and faint dampstains in the top left corner.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/22/2022