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The bay of Mauritius

The bay of Mauritius
 
 

The picture shows an exotic coast and beach with many men hard at work: there is a man fishing in the foreground, to the right a figure on a podium before a group of people. Behind him a smith and in the centre a cooper. On the left various exotic animals and in the centre a tree bearing the coats of arms of the province of Zeeland, Amsterdam and Holland.
According to the caption accompanying the picture, a bay on the island of Mauritius is shown here. This image is an amended copy of a picture taken from 'Begin ende Voortgang', Rijksmuseum RP-P-OB-75-379. The East Indiamen shown here are not included in the picture included in 'Begin ende Voortgang'
This picture shows the Mauritius roadstead. However, the caption to another, similar drawing (RP-P-OB-47-490) labels the place as St. Losie on Madagascar. Given that the original depiction occurs in the travel journal of Jacob van Neck and Wijbrant van Warwijck, who put in at Mauritius for refreshments, it seems extremely unlikely that Madagascar is shown.
This print is a mirror image to Rijksmuseum, inv.nr. RP-P-OB-75-375
This depiction is a mirror image of Koninklijke Bibliotheek, inv.nr. 511 K23 p. 216, which also shows the East Indiamen
Cf. Universiteitsbibliotheek, Universiteit van Amsterdam, inv. nr. O 60 64, p. 7.

creator Anoniem / Anonymous

(engraver / etcher)

Vries, Nicolaes de

(publisher)

Hoogenhuysen, Andries de

(publisher)

period

ca. 1654

material

paper

category print
technique

engraving

dimension

6,5 x 6 cm

number

197 J 96 na p. 294

owner Koninklijke Bibliotheek
location(s) Mahebourg

survey / view   ship / vessel   Person   fauna   European   flora  

Literature

  • Montanus, Arnoldus, De Wonderen van 't Oosten: ofte de beschryving en oorlogsdaden van Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën : vervolgt tot op dese tyt, van de sondvloed af: mitsgaders de reysen na het selve (Amsterdam, 1654)