39. Adriaen Schoonebeck
(ca. 1658-1714)

Allegorical Frontispiece for a Treatise on Barometers, Thermometers and Hygrometers

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Schoonebeck,  Frontispiece

Allegorical Frontispiece for a Treatise on Barometers, Thermometers and Hygrometers

Etching, 1688, 130 x 82 mm., Wurzbach N.D. Fine impression on laid paper with a narrow margin outside the borderline. The impression is from the first edition of the Dutch translation of Joachim d’Alence’s treatise, published only in 1724. This intriguing allegorical image, important in the history of meteorology and perfectly charming simply as a print, shows barometers and hygrometers being demonstrated to Cupid and Mercury while Apollo in his chariot flies by in the sky. Schoonebeek was a pupil of Romeyn de Hooghe and worked as an etcher, illustrator and publisher in Amsterdam. At the turn of the eighteenth century, however, he removed to Moscow where, under the sponsorship of Peter the Great, he became His Majesty’s Artist and His Majesty’s Librarian, a courtier and the most important single influence on the beginnings of etching in Russia. An interesting figure.

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