|Artist||John Sturt after Bernard Lens I|
|Dimensions||Image 209 x 163 mm, Sheet 242 x 170 mm|
Frontispiece to John Nutt's 'Atlas Geographus, Or a Complete System of Geography, Ancient and Modern'.
Central to the image is a seated Queen Anne, holding a sceptre in her right hand, and the scales of Justice in her left. Surrounding her are the four allegorical representations of the continents. Behind, Atlas stands upon a pedestal holding the globe upon his shoulders.
John Sturt (1658–1730) was an English engraver, apprenticed at 17 to Robert White, in whose manner he engraved a number of small portraits as frontispieces for books. Becoming associated with John Ayres, he engraved the most important of that writing-master's books on calligraphy.
Bernard Lens I (c.1630 - 1707) was a Dutch painter, primarily of miniatures, and a writer of religious treatises. Both his son, Bernard Lens II, and his grandson, Bernard Lens III, also grew up to become artists.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark, vertical and horizontal folds as issued, some foxing and toning to sheet.