Matthaus Seutter. “Imperium Romano Germanicum…” From Atlas Geographicus…
Augsburg: ca. 1740. 19 ¼ x 22 ¼ (neat lines). Engraving. Original hand color. Framed to museum specifications with UV filtering plexi-glass. A/A.
A large and decorative map of the Holy Roman Empire in the early 18th century. This map depicts most of modern day Germany including the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and Poland. Decorative cartouches complement the map with a portrait of Emperor Karl VI.
German cartographer, Georg Matthäus Seutter (1678-1756), entered the cartographic world in 1697 as an apprentice to Johann Baptist Homann, but he soon set up his own flourishing map business in Augsburg. He was so successful that he was appointed as the Geographer to the Imperial Court. Seutter is noted for his wonderful cartouches and copious detail, both well evidenced here.