Limiers, Henri Philipp de

1721

Fine etched view of Kronstadt and St. Petersburg, Russia

Vue de Petersbourg

DESCRIPTION: Early original engraved view of fortifications of Kronstadt (Cronstadt), Russia which Peter the Great founded on Kotlin (Retusari) Island in winter 1704 during the Great Northern War. Kotlin Island separates Neva Bay from the rest of the Gulf of Finland.

Despite the frigid conditions Imperial Russian forces quickly erected fortifications on the island:
Under the command of Governor-general … Menshikov, workers used thousands of frames made of oak logs filled with stones which were carried by horses across the frozen sea, and placed in cuttings made in the ice. Thus, several new small islands were created, and forts were erected on them, virtually closing access to Saint-Petersburg by sea. Only two narrow navigable channels remained, with forts guarding them. (Online: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt).

A few of the major features on this antique view of St. Petersburg may be identified by letter:
  • A- St. Petersburg, Russia
  • C - Kotlin Island (Retusari)
  • D- Kronstadt Fortifications
From "Histoire de Suede sous le Regne de Charles XII" by Limiers. Published from Amsterdam by Jansons & Waesberge. Tome 4. Page 188.

This view predates Bodenher's later, derivative print "Prospect von S. Petersgurg und der Insul Retusari" by 14 years.

CREATOR: Limiers, Henri Philipp de

PUBLICATION DATE: 1721

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Russia

BODY OF WATER: Gulf of Finland

CONDITION: Good.  Solid on laid watermarked paper. Left margin about 3/8".

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 9 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 

PRICE: $265


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