VARIN, Joseph – SAINT-NON, ABBÉ de, Jean Claude Richard– 1784 – set of 6 – SOLD

VARIN, Joseph – SAINT-NON – 1784 – set of 6


SAINT-NON, ABBÉ de, Jean Claude Richard – 1784 –

set of 6

plan of Grand Harbour

birds eye view of Grand Harbour


Author: Jean Claude Richard Abbé de Saint-Non

Title: Voyage Pittoresque ou Description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile

Place: Paris

Year: 1784

Plate size: 316 x 416 mm

Title of Map: PLAN GEOMETRAL / de la / Vilee & du Port de / MALTE

Dist./ Features: Key to place-names. 1 to 24 referring to Valletta, 25 to 30 to St Elmo and other place-names referring to Ricasoli, St Angelo and Vittoriosa, Senglea and Fort Manoel.

Engraver: Joseph Varin

Area Depicted: 4 views and birds-eye-view of the Harbour with text at bottom of engraving.

View 1 : The view shows the entrance to Grand harbour with valletta on the right and St. Angelo on the left.

View 2 : This view shows Grand harbour crowded with shipping. To the right, the Upper barracca is without its roof (removed c 1775), and the quarantine barriers are clearly visible.

View 3 : This view is taken from the French Curtain near St. Elmo. In the foreground two Knights of St. John greet two priests. Behind is Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. The Chapel od St. Anthony od padua is clearly visible in the centre of the fort.

View 4 : This view shows the area of valletta around the Neptune Fountain. The Fountain was erected by Grand master Alof de wignacourt in 1617 to mark the concusion of his great aqueduct. The statue of neptune (by Gafa, after Giovanni da bologna) was removed during the Governorship of Sir Gaspard le merchant (1858-65), and is now in the courtyard of the Grand master’s palace. Behind the Fountain, on the other side of grand Harbour, the towns of Vittoriosa and Senglea can be seen. The view is enlivened by a busy market scene with stallholders.

View 5 : This a bird’s-eye-view from Corradino and is a copy of the painting by Joseph Goupy. Thirty principal sites and buildings are identified by a key.


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