A Fine Large View of Prague
Striking large format view of Prague, published by Johann Friedrich Probst (Heirs of Jeremiah Wolff), including 4 decorative coats of arms.
Includes a key locating 76 places on the view. The view is based upon the original artwork of Friedrich Bernhard Werner (1690-1776).
Werner was born in Silesia, spent his early career working as a military engineer and cartographer, along with several other more colorful jobs in Prague. In 1718, he began creating remarkable views which brought him into contact with several leading art dealers and map publishers in Augsburg, most importantly the heirs of Jeremias Wolff (1663-1724).
The firm would sponsor several European tours, allowing Werner to obtain new artwork for his remarkable views. His work was first published in a series by several partners of the Wolff firm, primarily by Johann Friedrich Probst (1719 or 1721-1781), and later by his brother Georg Balthasar Probst (1732-1801).