About the artist

Pieter Schenk was a German engraver and cartographer, active in Amsterdam and Leipzig. He was born in Elberfeld, Germany in 1660 and moved to Amsterdam in 1675. He was a student of Gerard Valck, specializing in mezzotint. Schenk opened a shop in Leipzig in 1700, selling maps and art. He had three sons who became engravers as well.