bound volume (65.5 x 50.5 x 5.5 cm) s. on plate b. r. "N. Bonnart, Sculpsit."; Latin title inscr. on plate b.l. "Dinantii ad Mosam urbis et arcis prospectus a Galli obsessae die XXII maii, captae XXIX eiusdem mensis / anno M.DC.LXXV. firmissimis deinde propugnacutis munitae et ampliatae." / French inscr. on plate b.l. "Ad Naturam delineatum et peinte pour le Roy tres-chrestien par F. Vander Meulen. Se distribue a Paris par l'Auteur, en l'Hostel des Manufactures Royales des Gobelins, & en la rue St Jacques, Avec privilege du Roy."; French title inscr. on plate b.r. "Veue de la ville et du Chasteau de Dinant sur la Meuse, assiegee par les Francois le 22 May et prise le 29 du meme / mois en l'annee 1675 acreue et fortifiee depuis de plusiers travaux"; Latin inscr. on plate b.r. "Ad naturam delineatum et pro Rege Christianissimo, per F. Vander Meulen. Veneunt Parisiis apud Authorem, in Regia Artium officina Vulgo dicta des Gobelins et in via Jacobea. Cum privilegio Regis" CRE BONNART, Robert; (French; 1652-1729) AFTER MEULEN, Adam Frans van der; (Dutch; 1632-1690) PUB MEULEN, Adam Frans van der; (Dutch; 1632-1690) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this volume contains 112 engravings after paintings made or published by van der Meulen. A Flemish Baroque artist who specialised in horses and landscapes, he was invited to work for Louis XIV as a painter of views of royal castles, hunting scenes, processions, travels and military campaigns. Travelling with the troops and sketching on the battlefield, van der Meulen's fresh style was influential in the development of the relatively new genre of battlescapes. Following the success of his paintings recording the campaigns in Flanders he had many of his works engraved. Most were included in the remarkable collection of engravings known as the Cabinet du Roi originated with Louis XIV's minister J.B. Colbert. By 1670 these engravings were published in volumes and presented as gifts to visiting dignitaries or offered for sale. Hunter's volume, still in its late 17th century binding, is a now rare surviving example.
From a series depicting the conquests and battles of Louis XIV grouped at the front of the volume, this print depicts French soldiers approaching the fortified town of Dinant during Louis XIV's campaign to secure and push France's borders north. Van der Meulen used a small group of engravers to copy his works, including his pupil, French draughtsman Robert Bonnart.