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Prospekt Gosudarstpennykh [sic] Kollegiy - MAKHAEV, Mikhail Ivanovich - 1753. 
Imp. Akad. Nauk i Khudozh. Skt. Peterburg 1753 - Broadsheet (ca. 50 x 68 cm) engraving; very light central fold. A fine example of this view of St. Petersburg, part of the Plan stolitchnogo goroda Sanktpeterburga. Makhaev entered the Academic School in 1729 to study the art of map-making and became apprenticed to Ivan Sokolov (mentioned in the present engraving) and Kachalov in 1754, for whom he engraved maps and landscapes, graduating in 1757. He is particularly remembered for the present 'Plan of the capital City of St. Petersburg' (1753 and republished later), also his details of the estate of Count Sheremet'ev at Kuskovo (1779), as well as other views of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Any collection of Makhaev's work is rare. The illustrations, like the present view, are particularly valued, because they were drawn from life, using the "camera obscura", with lens and mirror projecting relevant pictures on paper. The camera was set on a tripod enclosed in a movable box. The device was operated by the artist G. Valeriani, also mentioned in the present engraving. Obolyaninov 2048, 6); Rovinskiy, Slovar II-647, 16-12) (i.e. #26).
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