Matthäus Seutter (1685-1757)

Matthäus Seutter was initially intended to be a beer brewer but managed to convince his parents to apprentice him to the cartographer and engraver Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724) instead. Special Collections also holds several maps produced by Homann and his heirs. Seutter went into business for himself in 1707, producing many copies of existing maps and decorating them with contemporary baroque art. Seutter was prolific but not particularly concerned about scientific accuracy, in which respect he was not unusual. His original maps tended to focus on smaller regions of Germany. Like his master before him, Seutter would be granted the impressive (though sadly comparatively meaningless) title of Imperial Cartographer after dedicating his Grosser Atlas to Emperor Charles VI.

This exhibit contains one map associated with Seutter: