Fine example of Carel Allard's scarce map of Europe, embellished with an elegant cartouche.
Carel Allard is best known as a map engraver and publisher, but was also an active print maker in Amsterdam. His technical skill and bold style is wonderfully exemplified in this striking image. The Allard family ran an active publishing business in Amsterdam during the latter half of the seventeenth century. Most of their publications consisted of large atlases of maps and town plans by Blaeu, Jansson, and Visscher. They also occasionally issued separately published prints.
Carel (Carol) Allard (Allardt) (1648–1709) was an engraver and publisher based in Amsterdam. Part of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers, his father was engraver and publisher Hugo Allard (1627–1684), who left his business to Carel upon his death. Carel published anything in demand, including maps, topography, ethnography, newsprints, and restrikes of old plates of artistic prints, many of which likely came from his father’s stock. In 1706, Carel gave his copperplates to his son Abraham Allard, before going bankrupt.