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[Portrait] Guillaume De L'Isle ...

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[Portrait] Guillaume De L'Isle ... : J.H.Cless

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A head and shoulders portrait of Guillaume De L'Isle (1675-1726). De L'Isle's first atlas was published in about 1700, in 1702 he was elected a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences, and in 1718 he became `Premier Geographe du Roi'. His maps of the newly explored parts of the world reflect the most up-to-date information available and did not contain fanciful detail in the absence of solid information. This portrait was drawn by Cless after an original portrait in oil. Jean-Henri Cless was a French painter active in Strasbourg around 1800. This engraving has the addition of De L'Isles dates of birth and death in German suggesting publication outside of France for this particular edition.
mapmaker: J.H.Cless
place and date of publication: Paris / Weimar? c.1805
medium and colour: copperplate, Uncoloured
size in mm: 145 x 95
ref: 34594

Price: £ 260

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