Engraving, the castle of Breda surprised, by means of a Peat ship, in the year 1590
Colored copper engraving, by Simon Fokke from 1753. This print was published in the Jan Landaar, Vaderlandsche Historie, Amsterdam 1749_1759, 21 volumes. Published by Isaac Tirion. The print is 19 x 16 cm in size and is in a passe partout. The total dimensions are 32 x 29 cm. The print is in good condition 1 small spot, the passe partout is folded.
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Simon Fokke, was a Dutch draftsman, engraver and etcher. He was born in Amsterdam on September 4, 1712. Simon was the son of Arend Focke, a sailor from Blokzijl, and Margaretha Hoff. He became a student of Jan Caspar Philips and worked primarily for booksellers on small portraits and scenes.
Simon Fokke has been married twice, in 1740 and in 1752. With his banns he lived on Fluwelenburgwal and Utrechtsedwarsstraat. His sister married Jan Punt, who was famous at that time in 1772 and also château of the Schouwburg van Van Campen since 1755. [After the fire in the theater, they moved to Rotterdam. Simon Fokke died on 16 April 1784 in the house of his youngest son, Arend Fokke Simonsz, a bookseller in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.
Isaac Tirion settled in Amsterdam around 1725, first on the Nieuwendijk (at Dam Square) and from 1742 on Kalverstraat no. 10 He published a large number of books, series and magazines. Below were also many topographical works, such as:
“Contemporary History” or “Present State of All Nations” in 45 parts.
“Present State of the United Netherlands” in 12 parts.
Tirion also published eight atlases, of which several editions appeared until around 1784. The contents thereof could vary from 34 to 112 cards. One of those atlases was the ‘Atlas of Zeeland’, published in 1760, with maps, Zeeland city and village views and prints of well-known Zeelanders at the time. For this atlas, a large number of manuscript maps of the Hattingas were used as an example for the recorded engravings of the various Zeeland islands.
From time to time, collections of maps were also issued that could be bound as atlas, thereby advising his customers to leave extra room in the back for possible additions. The atlas maps were printed on thick paper, the maps in his books had to make do with thinner material. Tirion employed a number of engravers to make the cards.
Tirion also worked on commission. The States of Holland and West-Friesland asked between 1754 and 1765 for a large number of water management maps. In this assignment he was extensively involved with the editing of the, sometimes secret, map material. After his death, he was buried in Amsterdam on October 12, 1765, his widow, Johanna Koster, continued the business for several years.