[Colour plate] [Dahlberg, Erik]
Palatium ordinis equestris urbem versus [The House of Nobility]
[Stockholm] [Ca. 1700] Plate mark 27 x 38 cm. The whole sheet 29,5 x 40,5 cm. Engraving and etching. Later hand colouring.
Some tears, fraying and creases to the margins.
A fine view of the 17th century House of Nobility in Stockholm. The plate was published for the monumental topographical work "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna". One of the most ambitious and far reaching book productions ever carried out in Sweden. It shows swedish towns, estates, views, monuments etc. When the officer Erik Dahlberg stayed in Frankfurt in the 1650s to claim war retribution on behalf of the swedish government following the peace of Westpahlia, he was inspired by Merians topographical work. When he returned to Stockholm, he secured a royal privilige to publish a swedish work along the lines of Merians. The work was started in the 1660s at the height of the the swedish period as a great european power. Thepurpose of the great plate book was to show the greatness of the country. The work was finished in 1715 holding 354 plates. At that time all the wars were lost and the bid for a leading role in European politics was over. Many different engravers participated in the work. The early plates were engraved in Paris, but soon dutch artists were brought to Stockholm to do the work.
Item No: 3573