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Auction 182, Lot 117

"Prospect des Haupt Plazes der Untern Stadt zu Quebec / Vue de la Place Capitale dans la Ville Basse a Quebec", Haberman, F. X.

Subject: Quebec, Canada

Period: 1760 (circa)

Publication: Collection des Prospects

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 10 inches
40.1 x 25.4 cm
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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.

A lovely view of a street in the main plaza of the lower part of Quebec. The wide boulevard is filled with marching soldiers and people going about their daily business.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with light soiling and some small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 4/28/2021