Pontault, Sébastien Beaulieu de
1678

Antique view of the citadel on Montjuïc at Barcelona, Spain

Plan de la Citadelle Dessignée, a faire au Montjuich, prés Barcelone

DESCRIPTION: Antique view of the fort or citadel at Montjuïc, a broad, low hill in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain to the west of the old quarter. The top of Montjuïc (Castell de Montjuic) at about 550' is the site of several fortifications dating from the 17th century. The steep and rocky sides of Montjuic are apparent where the land meets the Mediterranean Sea.

In a key to the upper right, five important entrances and fortifications at the citadel are identified.

According to the Atlas de Barcelona
Beaulieu drew the part of the small fort built during the Reapers’ War – which he might have known – and hints at the citadel which should surround it, in what could be considered to be a “future project”. French interest in the strategic Catalonian capital meant that even Beaulieu drew what could be the defenses of Barcelona. The French National Library keeps an ink drawing that Beaulieu himself drew of the layout of Montjuïc castle with the same framing as the engraving. (http://www.atlesdebarcelona.cat/gravats/comments/38-beaulieu-sebastien-de-pontault-de/).

CREATOR: Pontault, Sébastien Beaulieu de

PUBLICATION DATE: 1678

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Spain

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Very Good.  Clean. On heavy chain-laid paper of the period.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 6 " x 4 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 13

PRICE: $185

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