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Danube; four Capitals

Danube; four Capitals

Original antique engravings with views of the Danube and the capitals of four countries along the river. From “The Danube, its History, Scenery, and Topography” by William Beattie, London, 1844. Splendidly illustrated from sketches taken on the spot drawn by W.H. Bartlett; and engraved by J. Cousen, J.C. Bentley, R. Brandard and other eminent artists.

Vienna (Austria), view on the city with the St Stephens’s Cathedral and various other churches. View towards the city across the glacis defence fields, now the Ringstrasse.

Bratislava (Slovakia), view over the Danube towards Bratislava. On the print the name of the city is “Presburg (Hungary)”, which was the name of the city until 1919, when Presburg/Bratislava was part of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg empire.

Budapest (Hungary), view towards the Chain Bridge connecting Buda and Pest. On the print it’s mentioned as “The Bridge of Pesth”. On the right side is Buda with the Habsburg Palace, on the left side is Pest. The Gellért Hill is in the background.

Belgrade (Serbia), view over the Danube towards the city of Belgrade. Mosques can be seen in and around the city. Belgrade had a significant muslim population in the days. In the bottom right corner a border post, between Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg empire. On the left side of the border post is the Habsburg Coats of Arms with the two headed eagle.

  • Size: sheet 19x26cm, image 12,5x19cm
  • Age and Type: Year printed 1844; Antique steel engraving
  • Verso: Nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
  • Condition: good and very suitable for framing.
  • Price: 25 Euro each; 80 Euro for the set of 4
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Count of Hoorne

Count of Hoorne

Original antique engraving with the portrait of Philip de Montmorency (1524 – 1568) also known as Count of Hoorne. He was a famous victim of the Inquisition in the Spanish Netherlands. His name and title on the object are: “Filips van Mommeranci, Graaf van Hoorne.” Around his neck he is wearing the symbol of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

Together with the Prince of Orange and Count of Egmont, he opposed the imposition of the Inquisition by Philips II, the Spanish King. Egmont and Hoorne were executed by decapitation on 5 June 1568 at the Grand Place in Brussels. Together they are hailed as the first leaders of the Dutch Revolt against Philips II and the Spanish invasion of The Netherlands.

Print made by Jacob Houbraken (1698 – 1780), a Dutch engraver from Amsterdam. His oeuvre consists of more than 400 portrait engravings of the celebrities of those days and these portraits are often the only likenesses left of these people.

  • Size: sheet 23x15cm, image 17x11cm
  • Age and Type: 1708 – 1780, engraving
  • production details on image: ‘J. Houbraken Sculpsit.’
  • Verso: Nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
  • Condition: very good; suitable for framing
  • Price: 30 Euro
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VOC – Negapatnam on the Coromandel Coast

VOC – Negapatnam on the Coromandel Coast

Original antique engraving with a view on the Dutch fort Vijf Sinnen (Dutch for “the five senses”) in Negapatnam, now Nagapattinam, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu on the Coromandel Coast. Nagapattinam was settled by the Portuguese and later by the Dutch under whom it served as the capital of Dutch Coromandel from 1660 to 1781, when the town got conquered by the British East India Company. Three Dutch East India Company (VOC) ships can be seen and numerous smaller Dutch and local boats. The Dutch flag is on the fort. In the banderol it says: “Negapatnam op de kust van Choromandel” (“Negapatnam on the coast of Choromandel”).

From: Wouter Schouten, Oost-Indische voyagie; vervattende veel voorname voorvallen en ongemeene vreemde geschiedenissen, bloedige zee- en landtgevechten tegen de Portugeesen en Makassaren. Jacob Meurs, Amsterdam (1676). Current print form the 1780 revised edition: Wouter Schouten, Reistogt naar en door Oostïndiën, waar in de voornaamste landen, steden, eilanden, bergen, rivieren, enz.; de godsdienst, wetten, zéden, gewoonten, en kléding der bijzondere volken; en het merkwaerdige in de dieren, planten en gewassen der Indischen gewesten, nauwkeurig worden beschréven. Doormengd met veele ongewoone voorvallen, zonderlinge geschiedverhaalen, getrouwe berigten van bloedige zee- en veldslagen met de Portugeesen, Makassers en anderen. Amst., M. Schalekamp, 1780, 4th rev. ed. (“in eenen verbéterden stijl en cierlyk Neêrduitsch gebragt”).

Wouter Schouten (Haarlem, September 2, 1638 – October 1704) was a Dutch surgeon on the ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He published his East India Travels in 1676 and the book became an immense success.

  • Size: sheet 22x33cm, image 19x28cm
  • Age and Type: 18th century coper engraving
  • Verso: Nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
  • Condition: very good; suitable for framing.
  • Price: 60 Euro
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