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View of Cananor (Kannur), India


View of Cananor (Kannur), India

Vingboons, Johannes

Title on object: Afteeckeninge vant Fort ende Reede Cananor gelegen op 11 graden benoorden den Equator

The drawing shows the port town of Cananor (present-day Kannur) on the Malabar Coast, which the VOC conquered upon the Portuguese in 1663. The fort and the frigates are explicitly indicated

Other copy: Nationaal Archief VELH0619.41. Also see the painting in the Rijksmuseum: SK-A-4772. Additionally, several prints of Cananor, including the one in Valentijn, Oud en Nieuw Oost Indiƫn, are based on the same image.

Part of the Carte di Castello, collected by Cosimo de Medici III in 1667 and 1669 during his tours through Europe. Cosimo III bought the 66 watercolours by Vingboons in December 1667 in Amsterdam, through mediation of Pieter Blaeu.

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Sources and literature

Corbellini, Sabrina and Cattaneo, Angelo, The Global Eye: Dutch Spanish and Portugese maps in the collections of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici (2019)