Credit: ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number: RS.14659

    Ruins of Persepolis

    1 January 1694
    Cornelis de Bruijn (1647 - 1727, Dutch) , Traveller
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    height (page): 210mm
    width (page): 625mm
    Content object
    This is one of the two drawings of the ruins of Persepolis (or Chilminar in Persian) sent from Nicolaes Witsen to Martin Lister in January 1694. Witsen explained that he received the drawing from the 'person who made the drawing at the site', Cornelis de Bruijn (1652-1726/7), a Dutch painter and traveller. It was printed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 18, no. 210 (May 1694).

    This image is copied in LBC/11ii/011b.
    I thought it would be acceptable to send you the draughts of part of the ruines of the stonework of that proud Palace, given me by the Person himselfe that drew them upon the place.
    Transcribed by the Making Visible project
    Object history
    N. Witsen, 'A letter, with two draughts of the famous Persepolis', Phil. Trans. vol. 18, no. 210 (May 1694), pp. 117-18.
    Related fellows
    Nicolaus Witsen (1641 - 1717, Dutch) , Traveller and Diplomat, Traveller
    Martin Lister (1639 - 1712, British) , Physician
    Associated place
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