Maker: Erik Dahlbergh
Antique print showing a view of the King's Gate in Sweden by Dahlbergh, c. 1707, from "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna." This image shows the Gate of Gothenburg and the title translates to "The inner face of the gate of Gothenburg is adorned with the Queen's name." Engraved by Aveelen. This gate once stood in Kungsportsplatsen, a square in the city centre of Gothenburg, Sweden. The square was constructed in 1852 and got its name after the King's Gate (the name literally means, King's Gate Place). The gate was the main entrance to the fortified city, which was and still is surrounded by a moat. When the city grew outside the moat and there was no need to defend the city any longer the gate was torn down. "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna" can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power. Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration was the topographical publications issued by the Swiss publisher Matthäus Merian. In 1661 Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans, which kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes containing 353 plates. Engraved by Aveelen. Visible plate mark. Very good antique condition with some signs of age- minor spots/stains mostly in the margins. This print was trimmed to the borders on both sides an mounted on a clean sheet at some point in its history. The clean sheet appears to be close to as old as the print. Measures approx. 12 x 15.75 to the page edges. Could be hand colored by our professional colorist for an additional cost.
Item Number: PRN038