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Matthäus Merian I (1593-1650)

Frankfurt, 1631

Contrafactur der Statt Franckfurt am Main, Und wie Königl. Maÿ. zu Schweden Daselbst mit ihrer Armee ein und Dürchgezogen. den 17. Novem. A.o 1631 c.1633

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge to top and right | 20.9 x 32.2 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722062

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A view of Gustavus Adolphus (19 December 1594-16 November 1632) and the Swedish army passing through Frankfurt am Main on 17 November 1631. Thirty Years War (1618-1648).

This view looks towards the north-north-west, with the castle of Konigstein (Königstein im Taunus (50°10'64"N 08°28'17"E) in the left distance, and Cronberg (Kronberg 50°11'03"N 08°31'24"E) below it. It shows the King of Sweden on horseback, bottom left, riding with his army through the fort of Sachsenhausen and across the bridge over the Main, into Frankfurt. A ship carrying some of the Swedish artillery and ammunition can be seen to the right.

This view was included between pages 448 and 449 in vol.II of Merian’s Theatrum Europaeum which was first published in 1633.

  • Matthäus Merian I (1593-1650) (engraver) [bottom centre, inside neatline:] M. Merian fecit.

  • Watermark: View: crozier [similar to Heawood 1183]. Mount: None.

    Condition: two fold lines to print; creased; brown discolouration; some foxing; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 20.9 x 32.2 cm (image and sheet)

    19.0 x 31.9 cm (neatline)

    21.6 x 39.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Contrafactur der Statt Franckfurt am Main, Und wie Königl. Maÿ. zu Schweden Daselbst mit ihrer Armee ein und Dürchgezogen. den 17. Novem. A.o 1631. [across top of view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, a key, 1-22.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Frankfort on the Mayn 17 November 1631.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1631 [and, black pencil, erased and illegible:] … by … (Verso) [top left and centre, black pencil:] II/50; [centre, red pencil:] 1/185.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Frankfort on the Mayn [C]ontrafactur der Statt Franckfurt am Main, und wie Konigl. May. zu Schweden daselbst mit ihrer Armee ein und durchgezogen, den 17 Nov. 1631: von M. Merian.

  • 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)

    Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany 50°06'55"N 08°41'03"E

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2937

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