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COOK, Samuel Edward. [Early 19th century manuscript town plan of Valletta]
A Plan of the Fortress of Valette, Malta, Including the Whole of the Outworks &c. Taken by Sam.l Edw.d Cook. Malta, c.1804. Pen & ink and watercolour on wove paper watermarked 'Edmead & Pine 1804', edged in green silk. 590 x 820mm. A few small spots.
A detailed plan of Valletta drawn by a British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Samuel Edward Cook (1787-1856) joined the navy in 1802 and was posted in Valletta (then the Royal Navy's main base in the Mediterranean) before being sent to the West Indies in 1805. In 1824 he was promoted to commander at the request of the king of Portugal. Leaving active service he travelled to Spain, publishing two books, 'Sketches in Spain during the years 1829-1832' and 'Spain and the Spaniards', published 1844. His skill as an artist is evident in this plan. He served as High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1854, two years before his death.
[Ref: 11897]    £7,500.00 ($9,525 • €8,520 rates)


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