1739 Paris

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The Turgot map of Paris is widely regarded as the most impressive panoramic map ever made. It captures every building, street, park, monument, and bridge in the city with the finest precision. It is hard to imagine that this was produced during an era where it was impossible to see the city from above, and made by a team of only two artists. Drawn between 1734 and 1736 by Louis Bretez, a talented Parisian artist and member of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and then engraved into metal plates just after by Claude Lucas, it is truly the standard against which all other panoramic maps are compared. The Turgot map gives us a window into the minutiae of early 18th-century Paris and is the largest map we offer.