|Published||[Israel Silvestre deline. et excud. Cum privilegio Regis c. 1650]|
|Dimensions||Image 236 x 554 mm, Sheet 278 x 562 mm|
A prospect of Dieppe, a fishing port on the coast of Normandy, before its partial destruction by English and Dutch naval bombers, an attack which was retaliation for the constant stream of French privateers send out from the harbour, harassing foreign ships. Featuring the castle or chateau, the 12th century church of St Jacques and the church of St Remy, with what is now known as the English Channel in the background. Possibly by Louis Meurnier, Silvestre's apprentice and collaborator.
Israel Silvestre (1621-1691) was a French printmaker, publisher and draughtsman. He produced mainly popular topographical views, which he published and in some cases even etched himself. He travelled to Italy several times, but was mostly settled in Paris. He was the French princes master of drawing from 1673 onwards.
Condition: Trimmed within plate mark, without loss. Vertical centre fold as issued. Overall surface dirt build up. Slight creasing, and small repaired tear to top left. Watermark of Maltese cross surrounded by chain.