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PRINT BY: Jean B Winckler
AFTER/ARTIST: Leonard Knyff
PUBLISHER: L’Academie Imperiale d’Empre des Arts Liberauz, Augsbourg
DATE: mid 18C
METHOD: Engraving, with old colour
IMAGE SIZE: 15.25 by 10.00 inches image area
NOTES: An interesting vue d’optique of the Tower of London, continental in origin, printed in Augsburg, probably copying a contemporary English print. The view is looking north across the Thames, with a great deal of detail. Printed in reverse, (for convenience, we have also shown a correct view, so that you can orientate yourself). The Traitor’s Gate can be seen in the foreground. To the rear of the White Tower, the Grand Storehouse built c 1690 was the magazine for the Tower of London. It burnt down in 1841, to be replaced by the current Waterloo Block. 280,000 arms were lost. The artist for this print was Leonard Knyff (1650 – 1722), although the print is most likely later. A Dutch painter, he worked in England in the early 18C and who is best known for his ‘bird’s eye’ views contributed to Kip’s ‘Brittania Illustrata’. According to Kaldenbach, the “Academie” was a straightforward Augsburg publisher, more correctly named the ‘Kaiserliche Franziskische Akademie’ (Print Quarterly, June 1985). The colouring seems to be contemporary, although the application is certainly a bit hit and miss!
CONDITION: Good, some light browning, an old crease, possibly from the printing process, a small worm hole, lower left.
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