Very rare view of Cartagena de Indias
This English copper engraved view of Cartagena in Colombia was drawn by an unidentified J. Norden and engraved by William Henry Toms, an English engraver practised in London during the middle of the 18th century. It shows the city and the Caribbean bay with English and France guards and ships. Below the engraving is a 8 number key as follow:
1 - St. Lazaro
2 - The Demi Lune
3 - Enemies advanced Guard
4 - The English advanced Guard
5 - Bomb Battery
6 - The Galicia firing at the Town
7 - Pastorilio with the Chanel stop'd up with Sunken Boats
8 - French Sloop
We only could locate one copy of this Cartagena view world wide. It can be found in the British National Trust Property Libraries.
Around 6mm margin on all four sides, paper strip from binding on top. Small tear in right margin just affecting the image. Very good condition.
W. H. Toms was an English engraver, practised in London. He mainly engraved topographical and architectural subjects.
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