"Bosphore de Thrace", Chatelain, Henry Abraham
Subject: Istanbul, Turkey
Period: 1719 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Historique...
Color: Hand Color
17.1 x 14.5 inches
43.4 x 36.8 cm
This sheet presents three striking views of Istanbul on the strait of Bosphorus surrounded by descriptive French text. The dominant view depicts a bird's-eye view of the city, with ships filling the water and various sites identified, including a large garden on the shore and the Palais de Constantin. The other two views focus on an aqueduct and a pillar labeled as the Columne de Pompee.
A dark impression on a clean bright sheet with the watermarks of the Strasbourg lily and "IV." There is some soiling in the top blank margin and light toning along the edges of the sheet.