Monumental Turgot bird's-eye view map of Paris, after Louis Bretez and Claude Lucas circa 1900, spectacular uncolored view, mounted as four-panel screen.
overall framed H98" W127" framed panel size: H98" W31 3/4"
Provenance: West Virginia, private collection.
Other Notes: Louis Bretez (fl. 1700-1740) was a French born sculptor and painter active in the early 18th century. Bretez was a member of the Academie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture in Paris where he specialized in perspective with regard to architecture. Bretez's greatest achievement was his production, with Claude Lucas, of the monumental Turgot Plan of Paris. This spectacular map, one of history's greatest achievements of urban cartography, occupied Bretez from 1734 to 1739. It depicts Paris from a bird's eye perspective with extraordinary detail to the level of individual buildings and trees.
Michel-Etienne Turgot (1690-1751) was a French businessman and civil administrator in the first half of the 18th century. From 1729 to 1740 he held the mayor-like office of Prevot des Marchands de Paris ("Master of the merchants of Paris") under King Louis XV. Turgot's greatest claim to fame is his commissioning of Louis Bretez to assemble the spectacular Turgot Plan of Paris, one of the greatest feats of urban cartography ever undertaken. Turgot's more famous son, Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot, attained prominence as a statesman and economist under Louis the XVI.
Alphonse Taride (fl. 1850-1930) was a prolific Paris based publisher active in the late 19th and early 20th century. Publishing as "A. Taride", the firm produced a large corpus of work including numerous maps, tourist guides, and pocket plans of different parts of France. With the advent of the automobile and improved roadways in the early 20th century, the name "Taride" became synonymous with high quality roadmaps. Taride has his offices at 18-20 Boulevard St. Denis, Paris.
Fold creased along each panel, and some small losses and tear to sheet. Overall appears to be in good condition, not examined out of framed.