Antique Maps by Nicolas Robert (*1614 - 1684)

Nicolas Robert was born around 1614 in Langres and was employed c. 1650 by Gaston d'Orleans, brother of Louis XIII, to paint on vellum the birds and flowers kept in the menagerie and botanical garden at the chateau of Blois; these watercolours, along with those subsequently made for Louis XIV, number around 700 and constitute the nucleus of the Collection des Velins of botanical art and natural history now in the library of the Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. (Reference: He died 1684 in Paris.
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