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Description

Nice impression of Schenk's view on cities in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, published in Amsterdam around the year 1700. This map focuses on the defenses of buildings in an area where the majority of the War of the Spanish Succession would be fought.

Cities shown include Antwerp, Luxembourg, Brussels, Maastricht, and Dunkirk. Each includes a description in Latin and Dutch describing the history of 16th-century conquests up until 1702.

The War of the Spanish Succession, which started in 1701, would be fought in these areas and they would become part of the Austrian Empire, having primarily been Spanish beforehand.

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.