Catalog Archive
Auction 182, Lot 118

"Prospect von der Untern Stadt in Quebec Gegen St. Laurenz Fluss / Vue de la Basse Ville a Quebec vers le Fleuve St. Laurent", 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

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 an imaginary view of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River. A large galleon floats in the river and a number of soldiers and merchants fill the foreground.


Condition: B

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

Estimate: $180 - $210

Sold for: $130

Closed on 4/28/2021