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Giovanni Paolo Bianchi (fl. 1617-54)

Schenkenschanz, 1635

Vera Descrittione del famoso Forte di Schench, importato alli 28. Luglio 1635. / Sotto gli Auspicij della Real Altezza del Sig. Cardinal Infante 1635 or later

Etching and engraving; letterpress text printed on the same sheet of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges top, right and bottom; bottom platemark can be seen 7.5 cm below the bottom neatline of the map | 35.9 x 39.2 cm (image of map) | RCIN 722090

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A high oblique map-view and letterpress text describing the capture of the fortress of Schenkenschanz on 27/28 July 1635 by the Spanish army commanded by Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria (1609/1610-9 November 1641). Eighty Years War (1568-1648). Oriented with west to top.

See notes to RCIN 722089.

  • Giovanni Paolo Bianchi (fl. 1617-54) (dedicator) [bottom left of map, following on from dedication:] Deu.mo et Hum. Seruitore. / Gio. Paolo Bianchi.

    Attributed to Giovanni Paolo Bianchi (fl. 1617-54) (printmaker)

    Dionisio Garibaldi (active 1635) (publisher) [bottom right, at end of text:] IN MILANO, Per Dionisio Garibaldi, Con licenza de’ Superiori.

  • Watermark: Map and text: indistinct. Mount: none

    Condition: eight fold lines; originally folded to 7.3 x 11.1 cm. Verso: surface dirt along folds. Surface dirt and slight foxing to the edges of both sides. The print has either been printed from a dirty copperplate or there is some offsetting from another design on the recto

  • 35.9 x 39.2 cm (image of map)

    cropped (platemark)

    51.1 x 39.5 cm (sheet)

    54.6 x 41.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Vera Descrittione del famoso Forte di Schench, importato alli 28. Luglio 1635. / Sotto gli Auspicij della Real Altezza del Sig. Cardinal Infante. [below map, letterpress]

    Dedication:

    [bottom left, in ornate cartouche, decorated with the artefacts of war:] All' Ill.mo Sig.r mio Pron. Col.mo Il Sig.r D. Antonio Ronchio / Gran Cancelliere p S.M. Catt.a nello stato di Milano …

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, letterpress text and key, 1-28, describing the attack of the Spanish army and giving a short account of the founding of the fort of Schenckenschanz by Colonel Martin Schench in 1586.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Schenken-schantz 28 July 1635.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1635. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 2/23 [and, black pencil:] II/73.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Schenken-schantz Descrittione del Forte di Schench importato alli 28 Luglio 1635 sotto gli auspicii della Real Altezzo del Sig. Cardinal Infante: da Gio. Paolo Bianchi.

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Schenkenschanz, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°50ʹ09ʺN 06°06ʹ37ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2970

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