Nice example of Matthaus Seutter's decorative and highly detailed plan of Brussels, with a striking view of the city below.
The map orients the southeastern part of the old city at the top of the plan, resulting in a pleasingly sub-symmetrical image. Detail is extensive, with the major arteries of the city all depicted and numerous buildings of importance depicted. In the bottom left is a key for thirteen such places.
The undoubtedly morbid view at the bottom of the map has a gallows view front and center, before giving way to a slightly more detailed view of the city. Eleven places of interest are noted throughout this view.
Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757) was a prominent German mapmaker in the mid-eighteenth century. Initially apprenticed to a brewer, he trained as an engraver under Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremburg before setting up shop in his native Augsburg. In 1727 he was granted the title Imperial Geographer. His most famous work is Atlas Novus Sive Tabulae Geographicae, published in two volumes ca. 1730, although the majority of his maps are based on earlier work by other cartographers like the Homanns, Delisles, and de Fer.
Alternative spellings: Matthias Seutter, Mathaus Seutter, Matthaeus Seutter, Mattheus Seutter