Pierre Duval
By LANGLOIS, Jean , 1700

Petrus du Val Abbavillaeus.

Art & Architecture
  • Author: LANGLOIS, Jean
  • Publication place: [Paris
  • Publisher: Jean Langlois
  • Publication date: c1700].
  • Physical description: Etched and engraved portrait.
  • Dimensions: 281 by 203mm. (11 by 8 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17800


Answering the summons of King Louis XIV, Pierre Duval (1618-1683) moved from his hometown of Abbeville to work as a geographer, cartographer and publisher in Paris, where he was later appointed Geographe Ordinaire du Roy. In this role, Duval was continuing a family legacy, as his uncle and mentor was ‘the father of French cartography’, Nicholas Sanson. In 1654, Duval began producing his own cartographic works, including atlases of the ancient world, a Mediterranean pilot and a folio world atlas. After Duval’s death, French engraver Jean Langlois engraved his portrait, showing the cartographer in black robes, framed in an oval and set atop a plinth, on which a biography is given in Latin.


  1. BM 1834,0804.31