Vue De Boston.
A little margin wear, but otherwise a very good copy.
Se vend à Augsburg au Negoce comun de L'Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts liberaux avec Privilege de Sa Majesté Imperiale.,
Prospect von boston gegen der bucht am hafen/ vue de la rue du roi vers la cale du port = view of the harbour at boston.
HAND COLOURED ENGRAVED PRINT. 19 x 15.5 inches.
Engraved by Francois Xav. Habermann.
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 Harbour at Boston, showing two ships at anchor and unloading, with merchandise on the shore and a few British soldiers. The engraving is by François Xavier Habermann (1721-96), draughtsman, sculptor and engraver, born in Poland, who worked in Augsburg.
[Stock No. 24967]