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Striking view of the Imperial Palace at Peking.

The plate was published in Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach's Entwürst Einer Historischen Architectur, a study of historical architecture.

Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723) was a successful Austrian architect: his baroque works include the Schönbrunn Palace, Karlskirche, and the Austrian National Library in Vienna. He also studied historical architecture, publishing 'A Plan of Civil and Historical Architecture' in 1721, taking on classical influences in his building.