Terrible Murder in the Castle of Astrakhan [Johannes KIP after STRUYS, 1676]



Schrickelycke Moordt int Slodt van Astracan. – (Terrible Murder in the Castle of Astrakhan). A view of the Russian city Astrakhan, with gruesome killings taking place in the central courtyard of the castle: hanging from hooks, decapitation and general slaughter using guns and swords. The depicted episode is the massacre of the inhabitants of Astrakhan by Stepan Razin in June 1670.

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Schrickelycke Moordt int Slodt van Astracan.

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 29,6 x 21 cm. Image size: 27,9 x 19,5 cm.

From Jan Jansz. Struys’ “Drie Aanmerkelyke en seer Rampspoedige Reysen […]”, Amsterdam: Jan van Meurs / J. van Someren, 1676. The signed engravings of the book are all signed by J. Kip, although a C. Decker is also credited to have worked on the engravings. Ref: Tiele 1061; Howgego S185; Graesse VI, p. 513.

Made by Johannes Kip after Jan Janszoon Struys. Johannes Kip (Amsterdam, 1653 – 1722, London) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver and art dealer, active in England. He was a pupil of Bastiaan Stopendaal (1636–1707). His earliest dated engravings are of 1672, and he supplied numerous plates for books published from that date onwards. The work for which Kip is best remembered are the topographical engravings of country mansions, which were published in 1708 as Britannia Illustrata. This book is among the most important English topographical publications of the 18th century. Jan Janszoon Struys (1630-1694) was a Dutch explorer and navigator. He made three long voyages to Africa, Southeast Asia and Japan, on which he published his ‘Drie Aanmerkelyke Reizen’ (1675).

Condition: Good, given age. Original middle fold, as issued, small tears in the top and lower edges of the middle fold (backed). A little soiled in the margins. Some small stains. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 29 × 29 × 1 cm


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