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  • View of Cophenhagen
    Wit, Frederick de, born 1629 - died 1706
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View of Cophenhagen

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    Wit, Frederick de, born 1629 - died 1706

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    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FF, shelf 7A

This is a view of Cophenhagen taken from the Dutch publisher Frederick de Wit's successful atlas of towns. It shows an idealised view of the city with a selection of inhabitants winding their way towards the viewer through the scene. The city is shown in aerial perspective with a few important churches marked out on a key below. It is not made in order to get around the town but rather to commemorate it to a foreign audience. This international audience is indicated by the presence of a description of the city translated into several languages at the bottom.

Physical description

A view of Cophenhagen made by Frederick de Wit.

Place of Origin



Wit, Frederick de, born 1629 - died 1706

Marks and inscriptions

Copenhagen the head town of the kingdome of Denmarke being a sea port on the isle of sealand, seituate in an even plaine is washed of the grand ocean from the north west to the south, and southernly southeast bordered on the east syde with the isle amag and is provided of a famous hare and good commodiousnesse stretching in the baltick sea and breakets with its bancks the force of the sea waves, it is furnished with strange butworks by king frederick the third in the year 1666.
This inscription is also translated into French, Dutch and German besides the English.

Descriptive line

A view of the Danish capital city of Copenhagen showing a procession of people coming towards the viewer. Below the vignette of the city is a description that has been translated into several languages. There is a key included that indicates all of the important churches and the coat of arms of Denmark above.






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