"Vue perspective de la grande Rue de Nanquin ancienne Ville de la Chine", Basset, Paul-Andre le jeune
Period: 1780 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
15 x 8.7 inches
38.1 x 22.1 cm
A lovely view of a street in Nanking. The wide boulevard is lined with merchants displaying their wares with colorful flags and signs. The street is filled with people going about their daily business. Engraved for a Vue d'Optique, it was designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. The title at top is engraved in reverse. These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their distinctive engraving style, striking perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating.
Light creasing and soil in margins.