Auction 178, Lot 80

"Vue de la Rue des Recolets de Quebeck", Haberman, F. X.

Subject: Quebec, Canada

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Collection des Prospects

Color: Hand Color

15.6 x 9.9 inches
39.6 x 25.1 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 view shows the street along which the Recollets and chapel can be seen, with villagers and a military regiment in the street. This is one of five fictitious optical views of Quebec that appeared in Collections des Prospects.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with light soiling. The sheet has been trimmed along the edges, but with ample margin for framing, and pasted onto a sheet of heavy tissue.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/10/2020