Het Hof van Brussel
- [Augsburg] : [Martin Engelbrecht], [174-?]
- Physical Description:
- 1 peepshow (6 loose leaves of plates) : all illustrations (hand-colored engravings) ; 9.2 x 14 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Engelbrecht, Martin, 1684-1756
- A medium format peepshow depicting a typical day at the Brussels Court. Pictured on a series of five etched and hand-colored plates, each carefully hand-cut to allow users to see part of the plate behind it and with a sixth plate left uncut to serve as a backdrop to all, are:  two gentlemen greeting one another in a hallway as a third walks by;  a lady and a gentleman under a proscenium gazing longingly at one another;  a female servant carrying a tray, a lady, and gentleman standing in a tiled courtyard;  a female servant feeding peacocks, chickesn, and ducks in a yard;  a lady and two gentlemen in a walled garden;  an impeccably trimmed formal garden with a large fountain of Neptune holding a trident.
- Title from contemporary Dutch annotation written in manuscript in brown ink on verso of last plate (Penn State copy)., Attributed to the firm of engraver and publisher, Martin Engelbrecht, Augsburg., "No. 14" --Written in manuscript above annotated title in same contemporary hand and brown ink., Plates 1 and 6 numbered in plate (rectos); with manuscript numbering added in brown ink to versos of all six plates in a contemporary hand., Plates mounted on cardstock or stiff pulp paper, three on early playing cards printed with uniform hexagonal grid pattern with simple 'sun face' centered in each hexagonal cell., and Rare Books copy: six hand-colored plates; annotated Dutch title in manuscript on verso of plate 6; special viewing device wanting; housed in pam binder.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Purchased with funds from the J. Harvey Fahnestock Endowment for Scientific, Engineering and Rare Books; 2016. and Rare Books copy: Purchased from Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscripts; 2016.
- Administrative History:
- "In 1719, and again in 1729 and 1739, [Engelbrecht] was granted a royal privilege for the exclusive production of 'illuminierte Lackier- und Ausschneidebilder" (illuminated varnished and cutout images), which may have included the paper theaters. The layers of Engelbrecht's miniature theaters were designed to be spaced sequentially in a special viewing device--called Guckkasten in German, peep-show in English, and mondo nuovo in Italian" (Stafford & Terpak). The peep-shows were published in three formats: Large format, approximately 15.5 x 20.8 cm; medium format, approximately 9.2 x 14.3 cm; and small format, approximately 7.3 x 9.0 cm. The large and medium formats were published with a title page, while no title pages are known to have been printed for the small format. Also, the small format cards do not have any serial numbers, possibly due to cropping of the margins.
- Reviewed/Cited In:
- Stafford & Terpak. Devices of wonder, pages 336-338
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