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The so-called bird's-eye view maps (oblique views) stands between the artistic perspective view and the map itself. It is a picture drawn or photographed at an angle from above as seen through the eyes of a bird. It helps to understand the map which is usually harder to interpret and is therefore often found in the introduction to school atlases. Bird's-eye views are also popular for touristic advertising or as a souvenir.

Lac de Montsalvens

Lac de Montsalvens (reservoir) near Broc. Bird's-eye view
Pen-and-ink drawing, black ink. Original 1932 for an illustration in the Schweizerischer Sekundarschulatlas, editions 1934-1961.
14 x 17 cm.
(Imhof, Eduard F 7.1)

   

Lac de Montsalvens

Lac de Montsalvens (reservoir) near Broc. bird's-eye view
Watercolor (F 7.1). 1933. Schweizerischer Sekundarschulatlas, editions 1934-1961. 19 x 25 cm.
(Imhof, Eduard F 7.2)

Swiss Alps from the south

Swiss Alps from the south. Bird's-eye view.
Pen-and-ink drawing, around 1927.
Top of the Drawing: Tödi and Rheinwaldhorn, at the bottom Milano. 50 x 61 cm. Drawing for Art. Institut Orell Füssli. Whether published or not, unknown in 1997.
(Imhof, Eduard E 2)

Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon

Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon. Bird's-Eye View map. [Expansion: across Europe. South at the top: Rome, at the bottom: London!] Pencil and watercolor. 1922. Whether published or not, unknown in 1997. 48 x 25 cm
(Imhof, Eduard E 1)