[Etched and engraved military broadside showing an elaborate cannon executed in 1669 by Albert Benningk]. Abraham BLOTELING, or Blooteling.
“A HIGHLY PRIZED SHEET” — THIEME-BECKER

[Etched and engraved military broadside showing an elaborate cannon executed in 1669 by Albert Benningk].

[Amsterdam], s.n. 1671.

Broadside. Single intaglio sheet (595 x 730 mm.) with two lines of dedicatory text above and seven lines of explanatory text below the massive 48-pound cannon by Lübeck bell and cannon founder Albert Benningk (1637-95) for the Dutch States General, decorated with four images of the cannon — left and right side of the whole and two of the cascabel — with a large allegory of war weeds supporting the arms of the county of Holland in the center top. The talented Amsterdam etcher and engraver Abraham Bloteling (1640-90) cut the plate after designs by painter Adrian van de Velde (1635/7-72).

This remarkable wall print reproduces, the weapon, and explains much about it including its cost. Celebrated for their scale, highly artistic designs and skillful execution, a half dozen of Benningk’s large bore cannons are on permanent display in military museums. The exceptionally reliable manufacture of his cannon brought him commissions from Denmark, Brandenburg and the Low Countries. By the mid-17th century, the size of artillery was undergoing a radical reduction is size to maximize mobility in the field: even 4-pounders were going out of service. Accordingly, the present piece was likely intended for use at sea. Indeed a naval battle adorns the beginning of the chase. I have traced two other examples of this sheet (both Amsterdam). In good condition (old folds, a few short tears neatly closed on the verso, one or two minor abrasions, trimmed to or just inside the plate mark).
¶Wessely, Abraham Blooteling: Verzeichniss seiner Kupferstiche 47,116 (misreading the date on the cannon as 1660); Thieme-Backer, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler 4: 139-40.

Item #11017

Price: $3,800.00