Map of Utrecht by Matthias Seutter
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Matthias Seutter

Map of Utrecht 1735 - 1745

ConditionVery good

About the artwork

Copper engraving published by Matthäus Seutter around 1740. Coloured in time by hand.

Seutter was one of the most important German mapmakers of the eighteenth century.

He was born in Augsburg in 1678 and apprenticed to the famous cartographer Johann Baptiste Homann in Nuremberg. He established himself as an independent publisher of maps in 1707 and quickly became Homann's biggest rival.

His business flourished and after he had commissioned his Atlas Maior to Charles VI, he was appointed Imperial Geographer around 1731.

In his time he produced brilliant maps (around 500), atlases and globes, all famous for their cartographic detail, beautiful colours and richly decorated cartouches.

About the Artist

Matthias Shutter was born in 1678 in Germany.
He was one of the most important and prolific German map publishers of the 18th century.
Seutter started his career as an apprentice brewer. Apparently uninspired by the beer business, Seutter left his apprenticeship and moved to Nuremberg where he apprenticed as an engraver under the tutelage of the prominent J. B. Homann. Sometime in the early 18th century Seutter left Homann to establish his own independent cartographic publishing firm in Augsburg. Though he struggled in the early years of his independence, Seutter’s engraving skill and commitment to diversified map production eventually gained him a substantial following. Most of Seutter’s maps were heavily based upon, if not copies of, earlier work done by the Homann and Delisle firms. By 1732 Seutter was one of the most prolific publishers of his time and was honored by the German Emperor Charles VI with the title of “Imperial Geographer”. Seutter continued to publish until his death, at the height of his career, in 1757. The Seutter firm continued under Seutter’s wastrel son Albrecht Carl until his death in 1762. Following Albrecht’s death, the firm was divided between the established Probst firm and the emerging firm of Tobias Conrad Lotter. Lotter, Matthäus Seutter’s son in law, was a master engraver and worked on behalf of the Seutter firm.
Seutter died in 1757.

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