An Early Birdseye View of London
A striking panoramic view of the London before the fire, with a key noting 43 places within the City.
The view extends from the King's Palace at Whitehall to the Tower of London and St. Katherine's Church in the east. London Bridge still has buildings across it, and several traitors' heads are shown atop the southern gate of London Bridge. The Globe (Shakespeare's theatre) and the bull-baiting ring can be seen in Southwark.
Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century