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Auction 134, Lot 255

"Vue de la Rue du Roi, vers la Porte de la Campagne a Boston", Haberman, F. X.

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Collection des Optiques

Color: Hand Color

15.6 x 10 inches
39.6 x 25.4 cm

Optical prints (or vue d’optique) were made to be viewed in a special apparatus that provided the viewer with an illusion of depth (early 3-D). The large mirror employed in the viewing machine showed the image reversed so many of these views have the titles and information engraved forward and backwards to facilitate viewing in the machine or by hand. These prints were only produced for a short period of time (1740 to 1790) and then were replaced with the invention of the smaller steroviewer. 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.

This is a great colonial period view of King Street, site of the famous Boston Massacre in 1770.


Condition: B

Original color with moderate soil and creases.

Estimate: $350 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/1/2010