The main purpose of this collection is to encourage you to hover over the detail in the landscape and amalgamate your clues into an entire kingdom.

The Master of the Bird's Eye View is Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 - 1677) and his masterpiece the West End Central of London. Nothing had been seen like it since the Bird's Eye View of Bruges in ten engraved plates by Marcel Gheraerts in 1562.

The standard work is A.M.Hind, Wenceslaus Hollar and his Maps of London, John Lane London 1922. See also Hollar's Map of London in 1675.

THESE images are immense on screen. You may not want to tie up your weaker machine as the image loads. The images seek to give you the feeling of travelling over seventeenth century landscapes and buildings as if you were a bird. The images are best viewed on a powerful machine and with the biggest screens.

 

top row

01 J.Herrewyn's CARTUSIA BRUXELLENSIS 35 x 46cms (detail)

02 TUNGERLOA ; Wencleslas Hollar's engraving of the monastic settlement 1650 42 x 52 cms

03 TUNGERLOA ; Wencleslas Hollar's engraving of the monastic settlement 1650 42 x 52 cms

04 J.Herrewyn's CARTUSIA BRUXELLENSIS 35 x 46cms (detail)

05 J.Herrewyn's CARTUSIA BRUXELLENSIS 35 x 46cms (detail)

bottom row

01 Wencleslas Hollar's engraving of the monastic settlement, S. Maria Monastery 1649

02 Wencleslas Hollar's engraving of the monastic settlement, S. Maria Monastery 1649

03 BONUS PLATE - ENGRAVING of the city of LOUANGO with "idol worship" and the execution of criminals. A Hollar commercial commission from the imagination 26 x 33cms

04 (A) W.Hollar, second plate of the monastic settlements set (entire plate)

05 (B) J.Herrewyn's CARTUSIA BRUXELLENSIS 35 x 46cms (complete plate)

 

 

SINGLES

WANSTED HOUSE BY KIPP with details

HENBURY, ROBERT ATKYNS, Gloucestershire1768

HIS OWN HOUSE, ROBERT ATKYNS, Gloucestershire 1768

Kingsweston, ROBERT ATKYNS, Gloucestershire 1768

SOUTHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE BY KIPP with details

Oskaloosa, April 1938 for FORTUNE magazine

Antwerp Stock Exchange c1650

Cavalry Manoeuvers, Malzo, 1611

GERRISH MILLIKEN MILL, photograph 1949

On the Religious Architecture of Brabant 1734

Edward Osmond, The Thames Flows Down 1957 (11 aerial maps)

from Georg Host's book on Morocco 1781

RADIATOR FACTORY, BAYONNE, FORTUNE 1940

Chicago, c1890, FORTUNE 1931

 

DESCRIPTIVE VIEWS OF HOUSES

KASTEEL VAN BUREN VAN AGTEREN FROM NIEDEK 1733

BURGER'S VIEWS OF HOUSES FROM Robert Plot’s Natural History of Staffordshire (1686)

 

 

 

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