Catalog Archive
Auction 183, Lot 82

"Prospect der Obern Stadt zu Quebec auf dem Plaz wo man nach dem Muhlen Cavalier Gehet / Vue de la Haute Ville a Quebec avec la Place pour Aller a Cavalier du Moulin", Haberman, F. X.

Subject: Quebec City, Canada

Period: 1760 (circa)

Publication: Collection des Prospects

Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 9.9 inches
40.1 x 25.1 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.

This is an imaginary view of Quebec showing lovely architecture and the streets filled with colonists, including soldiers, archers, and a horse-drawn cart.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with moderate soiling, a few errant marks of color, several abrasions in the image at top right, and minor chips and tears along the edges of the sheet, not affecting the image.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/9/2021