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Panoramic View of Cordoba, Seen Across the River Guadalquivir

1567 (drawn)
Place Of Origin

Panoramic view of Cordoba, formerly bound in an album with 31 other views. On five main sheets, with four additions at top.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and brown ink, with watercolour; thick framing line in black ink
Brief Description
Drawing, 'Panoramic View of Cordoba, Seen Across the River Guadalquivir', by Anton van den Wyngaerde, Flemish School, pen and brown ink, 1567
Physical Description
Panoramic view of Cordoba, formerly bound in an album with 31 other views. On five main sheets, with four additions at top.
  • Height: 276mm
  • Width: 1616mm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Signed and dated, at lower left, on the wall of the foreground building, in brown ink, Anto Vanden Wyngaerde f 1567.
  • Inscribed in brown ink: at upper centre, COR and DVA (flanking the city’s coat of arms); at lower centre, Campo de la Verdad; and at lower left, with a key, arranged in three columns, whose corresponding symbols, letters and numbers are scattered throughout the sheet, (left column) + (blank) / A La Igle[sia] magyor / B Casa de Lobispo / C el alcaçar perpetua / D S Sebastian / E el alcaçar de La Villa / F el Santo officio / G el alcaçar Viejo / H aqui solian tenir los antos / I S Jheronimo / K S Jno (S. Juan de Latrán) / L S Nicolas de La Villa / M S Domingo / N el Cabilda / O Las teatinos / P S Pablo / Q S Marina; (centre column) R S franco / S S Augustin / T La Consulacion hospi[tael] / V Carsla (casilla) de La feria / X el Rastro / 2 S Nicolas de acezcio (de la Axarquia) / 3 S pedro / 4 La madelena / 5 Los Recosides (crossed through) S Lorenzo / 6 Los Recosides (Recogidas) / 7 La mancetra / 8 Sta Cruz / 9 Santiago / 10 Los martyros / 12 alcaça de los Canaleros / 13 Los molynes del Rey; (right column) 14 Cortydores / 15 fuent sante / 17 almadonar / 18 S Clara / 19 La trynidad / 20 Victoria; and further inscribed throughout the sheet, teygo / campo.
  • Inscribed on verso, in brown ink, Corbova (turned 90° to the left) / Cordoba (turned 90° to the right).
Object history
Joannes Moflin (d.1586/7), Bergues; Dr Henry Wellesley (1791–1866), Oxford; his sale, London, Sotheby’s, 25 June 1866, 10th day, lots 1738–56: ‘ANTONIO VANDEN WYNGAERDE, 1558. The following Drawings were executed at the expense of the famous Printer, Plantin, of Antwerp. The English portion of the Collection is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, being part of the Illustrations to the “SUTHERLAND CLARENDON”’ (to ‘Holloway’ for £5. 0s. 0d);1 J.C. Robinson (1824–1913), London; by whom lent to the museum, 8 May 1879, and from whom purchased as part of a group of 301 items for a total of £6,800 in two instalments, 28 May 1879 and 15 April 1880.
Bibliographic References
  • Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol. II, Cat. 601.6, illus. p.512-513.
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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