Auction 111, Lot 590

"Vue d'Optique Nouvelle representani la Ville de Constantinople prise du cote de l'Hellespont",

Subject: Turkey - Istanbul

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 10.5 inches
39.4 x 26.7 cm

Fine view of the strategic passage between the Black and Mediterranean Seas with several ships and Constantinople in the distance. 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. A 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. Engraved by Huguier fils.


Condition: B

Soil and stains in blank margins, with a few spots in image.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/8/2005