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Scarce and lovely mid-18th century bird's-eye-view of Florence.

Place/Date: Paris / ca. 1750
Title: Florence. Florence Ville d’Italie, capitale de Toscane…
64.5 x 49.5 cm (25.4 x 19.5 in)
Hand color
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Decorative and extremely rare town-view of Florence, with the Arno River and Tuscan countryside.

Includes a 4-line text in lower part. Published by Jacques Chéreau, (1688 – 1776). Engraved by Aveline and first published in 1692 by Crepy, here the rare Jacques Chereau re-issue, with a re-worked plate. With à Paris chés Chéreau rue St. Jacques au Coq. and the plate number “75” in upper right margin.


Jacques Chereau

The brothers Chéreau were one of the most prolific print publishers active in Paris. François Chéreau was born in 1680 in Blois; it is unknown when he settled in Paris. He was student of Gérard Audran and Pierre Drevet. In 1718 he acquired the stock of copperplates and prints of his tutor Gérard Audran. He was a very talented engraver. After his death in 1729 the copperplates were sold by his widow. His brother Jacques “le jeune” (1688-1776) was also engraver and publisher and worked for one year in England. He was well known as engraver of portraits.

Condition Description

Very good to mint condition.


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