Beckeringh’s impressive map of Groningen

By BECKERINGH, Theodorus, 1781 

Kaart of Landtafereel der Provincie van Groningen en Ommelanden…

Europe Low Countries
  • Author: BECKERINGH, Theodorus
  • Publication place: Groningen
  • Publication date: 1781.
  • Physical description: Large engraved wall map on four sheets, 24 views of stately homes to borders.
  • Dimensions: 1040 by 1350mm (41 by 53.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 10735

Notes

Theodorus Beckeringh (1712–1790) was a lawyer and amateur cartographer.

He is best known as the author of the present work, which he began surveying in 1777 after being granted permission by Groningen city council. The work would take him four years, eventually publishing the map in 1781. Although the map lacked a degree of precision, compared to other maps of the period, this is easily compensated for by its size and ornament. To the borders are 24 views of borgen’ or stately homes.