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Plano de la Ciudad de los Reyes, o Lima Capital del Reino de Peru
Magnificent manuscript cartographic rendering of Lima, executed in pen and ink, with absolutely contemporary wash color; comprises the entire city, as well as the outskirts, allowing a clear view of the appearance of the city in the 18th century. Although undated, we can establish it´s date in the later decades of the 18th century, both for it´s maker and his participation in the towers of the Cathedral of Lima. North is oriented to the upper left. A numbered key identifies 70 locations within the walled city (churches, hospitals, chapels, the bridge, parishes); a further numbered key points out 14 additional locations (gates, and locations outside the city). Cartographically, the map resembles the one printed by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, however this is far superior, clearly having made use of more updated sources of information. Martorell (d. 1835 - Lima) was born in Catalonia, although he apparently spent most of his life in Peru: first under Spanish rule, and later during the Republic. As an architect, he can be defined as a neoclassicist. Amongst his most illustrious legacies are the Towers of the Cathedral of Lima. "Identica trascendencia tuvieron las torres (c. 1796 - 1800) para la arquitectura local, previa modificacion del aspecto que inicialmente les habia otorgado Martorell" (Kusunoki Rodriguez, Entre Roma clasica y Jerusalen santa: utopias urbanas en Lima ilustrada). Martorell can be named amongst the great architects active in Lima by the second half of the 18th century and beginnings of the 19th. Most of his works are not yet identified, as pointed by San Cristobal "Habrá que investigar en lo sucesivo más ampliamente cuales fueron las obras ejecutadas por Martorell. No aparece mencionado por el Diccionario de Mendiburu". Vargas Ugarte mentions him as having participated in the towers of the Cathedral of Arequipa as well. San Cristobal, Antonio, "Ignacio Martorell y las Torres de la Catedral de Lima", Historica, Vol. XIX, N 2 (1995).
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