Facies Gwitatis Glasgow ab Oriente Estevo. The Prospect of ye Town of Glashow from ye North East.
Engraving. Light original color wash. Image measures 10.75 x 17".
This bird's-eye view shows the Scottish city of Glasgow from the perspective of the city's graveyard. The cathedral, seen at right, dominates the scene, while to the left is the Castle of the Archbishop. The spires piercing the horizon indicate prominent churches and universities. A fairly clear sky provides for the scene's dramatic lighting, with the foreground distinctly shadowed in front of the city bathed in sunlight. The view appeared in Slezer's "Theatrum Scotiae." It is in very good condition with light mat burn at the neat line. Some overall scuffing. John Slezer (c. 1650-1717) was an artist and engineer based in Scotland. In his travels under the employ of the military, he traveled around the country and produced engravings of castles, towns, abbeys, and other significant places. His Theatrum Scotiae, published in 1693, collected this work into what became the first pictorial survey of Scotland. This print is a fine example of his work.