A little margin wear and foxing, with slight loss of imprint text on lower edge; otherwise a very good copy.

£500.00

Publisher

Se vend à Augsburg au Negoce comun de L'Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts liberaux avec Privilege de Sa Majesté Imperiale.,

Place

Augsburg

Date

[c.1778].

Synopsis

Prospect des grossen plazes der alten sud kirche der prebiterianer zu boston / vue de la rue grande vers l' eglise sud des presbiteriennes a boston = view of the main street towards the south church of the presbyterians at boston.

Item Description

HAND COLOURED ENGRAVED PRINT. 17.5 x 12.5 inches. Title in mirror writing.

Illustrations

Engraved by Francois Xav. Habermann.

Notes

The vues d'optiques were perspective views produced in France in the second half of the eighteenth into the nineteenth centuries, although this example was produced in Augsburg. They were characterised by strong horizontal lines and the use bright hand colouring. They were designed to be imaged through a zograscope, a mirrored viewer with a lens, hence the use of mirror writing in the titles. In general those of the New World did not provide accurate representations of the locations portrayed, which tended to based on European cities familiar to the artists. A fictitious view of the Old South Meeting House, Boston. A Congregational church completed in 1729, it was the scene of a debate in 1773, following which a group formed the Boston Tea Party. The engraving is by François Xavier Habermann (1721-96), draughtsman, sculptor and engraver, born in Poland, who worked in Augsburg.

[Stock No. 24966]

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