[Portrait] Gerardus Mercator ... Iudocus Hondius ...
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The famous portrait of two of the most important mapmakers from the Golden Age of Dutch cartography was engraved by Coletta Hondius, as a tribute to her late husband, shortly after his death. Gerard Mercator sits to the left of a table with his successor, Jodocus Hondius, to the right and they are surrounded by the tools of their trade. The portrait is set within an elaborate framework that includes a wall map of Europe. Following Hondius' death in 1612, it was first published in the Atlas of 1613. An attractive example on lightly age-toned paper.
region: Portraits and the Map Trade
mapmakers: Anonymous Colette Van Den Keere
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1613-
medium and colour: Copperplate, Colouredref: 40280
size in mm: 380 by 445mm (15 by 17.5 inches).
literature: Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol I 1:104
Price: £ 2200
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