BG-11550

Antique Print of the Naval Battle of Texel by Merian (c.1680)

  • Condition: Good, original folding lines. Shows some wear and light foxing. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
  • Date: c,1680
  • Overall size: 42 x 38 cm.
  • Image size: 34 x 25 cm.
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Description: Antique print titled 'Seeschlacht Zwischen den Holändern und den König in Engelandt und Franckreich'. Engraving of the Battle of Texel. The naval Battle of Texel or Battle of Kijkduin took place off the southern coast of island of Texel on 21 August 1673 (11 August O.S.) between the Dutch and the combined English and French fleets. It was the last major battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War. This print originates from 'Theatrum Europaeum' by Merian. 

Artists and Engravers: Matthaus Merian the Elder was born September 22nd, 1593 in Basel. He studied drawing and copper engraving from the engraver Friedrich Meyer in Zurich. 1619 he went to Frankfurt where he worked for the publisher Johann Theodor de Bry, whose daughter he married. He took over and completed the editions of "Grand Voyages" and "Petit Voyages" which de Bry started in 1590. Together with Martin Zeiller he produced the popular series of "Topographia" with total 21 volumes. The work was continued by his sons Matthaus the Younger and Caspar. Merian died June 19th, 1650 in Bad Schwalbach.