"Vue de la Ville de Carthagene, en Amerique, Prise par les Francois en 1667", Mondhare, L.
Subject: Cartagena, Colombia
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
16 x 8.4 inches
40.6 x 21.3 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 panoramic view depicts the Raid on Cartagena, in which the French, led by Bernard Desjean, Baron de Pointis, successfully conquered the city and plundered it of its resources and valuables. The raid took place in 1697, although the title is erroneously dated 1667.
References: Kapp (MCC-77) #55.
Original color on watermarked paper with light soiling.