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Nonsuch Palace at Hampton Court, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. 1617

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: The Royal palace in the Kingdom of England, called Nonsuch. Nowhere is there anything the like.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The royal palace in England Nonsuch, ten miles away from London, was magnificently built by Henry VIII. [...] The construction of this complex is so astonishing that it deserves its name Nonsuch, i.e. "none the like". [...] Many excellent craftsmen, master builders, stonecutters and sculptors, Italians, French, Dutch and English, were employed here at the King's expense. In their decoration of the palace, which is adorned inside and out with handsome sculptures, these craftsmen have created a particular work of art that not just equals the antiquities of Rome, but in part even surpasses them."

The engraving shows the front façade of Nonsuch Palace as viewed from the south. Commenced in 1538, the palace numbered amongst Henry VIII's grandest building projects and played an important role in introducing Renaissance architecture in England. The Tudor king has Nonsuch built in the County of Surrey, close to one of his favourite hunting grounds; accordingly, a hunting scene can be made out on the hillside behind the palace. The palace was the favourite residence of Elizabeth I; she can be seen in the engraving in a splendid carriage accompanied by a large retinue. In 1670 Charles II gave Nonsuch to his mistress, Barbara Palmer. In 1682, with the king's permission, she had the palace demolished and sold off the building materials in order to settle her gambling debts. The lower illustration shows costumed figures from the English nobility and peasantry (from left to right:) English maiden / Merchant's wives / English noblewomen / Noble lady-in-waiting / English peasant woman / The bass that are sold by the English / Water-carier. (Taschen)


Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, or the "Braun & Hogenberg", is a six-volume town atlas and the greatest book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. A large number of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who was a professional artist. The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, the sixth volume in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel created those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographer Daniel Freese, and Heinrich Rantzau. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used. Translations appeared in German and French.

Following the original publication of Volume 1 of the Civitates in 1572, seven further editions of 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1612 can be identified. Vol.2, first issued in 1575, was followed by further editions in 1597 and in 1612. The next volumes appeared in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1606. The German translation of the first volume appeared from 1574 on and the French edition from 1575 on.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz and Peter von Brachel, who all worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice. In 1561 he obtained his bachelor's degree and in 1562 his Magister Artium. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he studied theology, gaining a licentiate in theology.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named as engraver of numerous maps. In 1568 he was bannend from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. There he immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates published from 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to such large scale projects as the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.

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Category:  Antique maps > Europe > British Isles
References: Van der Krogt 4 - #3105; Fauser - #5425; Taschen, Br. Hog. - p. 366

Old, antique view of Nonsuch Palace at Hampton Court, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg, after G. Hoefnagel.

"Drawn by Georg Hoefnagel in the year 1582."

Date of the first edition: 1596
Date of this map: 1617
Date on map: 1582

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 32 x 43cm (12.5 x 16.8 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, #3105; Taschen, Br. Hog., p.366; Fauser, #5425

From: G. Braun & F. Hogenberg. Civitates Orbis Terrarum. - Urbium Praecipuarum Mundi Theatrum Quintum. Cologne, Petrus von Brachel, 1617. (Van der Krogt 41:1.5 (1617)).

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: The Royal palace in the Kingdom of England, called Nonsuch. Nowhere is there anything the like.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The royal palace in England Nonsuch, ten miles away from London, was magnificently built by Henry VIII. [...] The construction of this complex is so astonishing that it deserves its name Nonsuch, i.e. "none the like". [...] Many excellent craftsmen, master builders, stonecutters and sculptors, Italians, French, Dutch and English, were employed here at the King's expense. In their decoration of the palace, which is adorned inside and out with handsome sculptures, these craftsmen have created a particular work of art that not just equals the antiquities of Rome, but in part even surpasses them."

The engraving shows the front façade of Nonsuch Palace as viewed from the south. Commenced in 1538, the palace numbered amongst Henry VIII's grandest building projects and played an important role in introducing Renaissance architecture in England. The Tudor king has Nonsuch built in the County of Surrey, close to one of his favourite hunting grounds; accordingly, a hunting scene can be made out on the hillside behind the palace. The palace was the favourite residence of Elizabeth I; she can be seen in the engraving in a splendid carriage accompanied by a large retinue. In 1670 Charles II gave Nonsuch to his mistress, Barbara Palmer. In 1682, with the king's permission, she had the palace demolished and sold off the building materials in order to settle her gambling debts. The lower illustration shows costumed figures from the English nobility and peasantry (from left to right:) English maiden / Merchant's wives / English noblewomen / Noble lady-in-waiting / English peasant woman / The bass that are sold by the English / Water-carier. (Taschen)


Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, or the "Braun & Hogenberg", is a six-volume town atlas and the greatest book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. A large number of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who was a professional artist. The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, the sixth volume in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel created those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographer Daniel Freese, and Heinrich Rantzau. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used. Translations appeared in German and French.

Following the original publication of Volume 1 of the Civitates in 1572, seven further editions of 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1612 can be identified. Vol.2, first issued in 1575, was followed by further editions in 1597 and in 1612. The next volumes appeared in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1606. The German translation of the first volume appeared from 1574 on and the French edition from 1575 on.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz and Peter von Brachel, who all worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice. In 1561 he obtained his bachelor's degree and in 1562 his Magister Artium. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he studied theology, gaining a licentiate in theology.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named as engraver of numerous maps. In 1568 he was bannend from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. There he immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates published from 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to such large scale projects as the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.