Framed Pair John Slezer 1693 Engravings Glasgow & Edinburgh -Theatrum Scotiae
Excellent Pair of Framed John Slezer “Theatrum Scotiae” Engravings
“Prospect of the town of Glasgow from the south”
“Prospect of Edinburgh from the Dean”
An excellent framed pair of original engravings of the two principal Scottish towns in the late 17th century by the famed surveyor John Slezer
Framed and mounted (in modern frames), and glazed.
Dimensions 24” wide by 19” tall overall, visible print 16” wide by 12” tall (approximate dimensions)
"John Slezer (before 1650 – 1717) was a Dutch- or German-born military engineer and artist. He arrived in the Kingdom of Scotland in 1669, and was appointed Surveyor of his Majesties Stores and Magazines, which involved compiling detailed surveys of the country's fortifications. He is best known for his Theatrum Scotiae, a series of engravings of views of castles, abbeys, towns, and seats of the nobility he encountered whilst travelling throughout Scotland in his capacity as Captain of the Artillery Company. He was imprisoned in 1688 as a supporter of King James VII, following the latter's deposition in favour of William III and Mary II, but was released the following year. He published the first volume of Theatrum Scotiae in 1693, but sales were poor and he applied to the Government for a grant to proceed with a continuation of the work that was to be called Scotia Ilustrata. This never materialised, however, and increasing financial difficulties forced Slezer to spend the last years of his life in the Holyrood Abbey sanctuary to avoid debtors' prison. He was survived by his wife and sons."
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