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Decorative map of the Theater of War in Europe, with an elaborate cartouche showing the Duke of Marlborough receiving various heads of state, bearing maps of the regions in conflict.

The map extends from Milan, Venice, Istria and Croatia in the south to Silesia, Bohemia, Nurnberg, Heidelberg, Maintz and Coblenz in the north, centered on the course of the Donau River.

Peter Schenk Biography

Peter Schenk the Elder (1660-1711) moved to Amsterdam in 1675 and began to learn the art of mezzotint. In 1694 he bought some of the copperplate stock of the mapmaker Johannes Janssonius, which allowed him to specialize in the engraving and printing of maps and prints. He split his time between his Amsterdam shop and Leipzig and also sold a considerable volume of materials to London.

Peter Schenk the Elder had three sons. Peter the Younger carried on his father’s business in Leipzig while the other two, Leonard and Jan, worked in Amsterdam. Leonard engraved several maps and also carried on his father’s relationship with engraving plates for the Amsterdam edition of the Histoire de l'Académie Royale des Sciences.