This plate is undated but the dedication to Gilbert Sheldon the Archbishop of Canterbury narrows the dates to 1663-77. It is published by John Ogilby who bears the title Royal Cosmographer which he was appointed in 1671, he died in 1676. Hence the best guess would be the early 1670s. The fine panorama of Canterbury from a distance is typical of Hollar’s finest work. Thomas Johnson (fl/ 1634-76) was the artist for the view along with that of the Cathedral below. Johnson, a native of Canterbury, was a noted landscape painter of the day. The plan of the city is derived from that of John Speed first published in 1612. This work is believed to date from the early days of preparation for his ambitious atlas of the English counties. Money and his own health caught up with him, but fortunately he did indeed manage to publish the immensely important ‘Britannia’ in 1675. The first state is incredibly rare; this example is the second by Henry Overton whose imprint appears lower right. Second state of three. Hyde Gilded Scenes no.12; Pennington 961.2; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).