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Auction 188, Lot 516

Uncommon Matching Set of Views along the Neva River

"[Lot of 4] Vue de la Neva, Vers l'Occident... [and] Vue de la Neva, Vers l'Orient... [and] Vue des Bords de la Neva, en Remontant la Riviere... [and] Vue des Bords de la Neva, en Descendant la Riviere...",

Subject: St. Petersburg, Russia

Period: 1783 (published)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
25.3 x 8.5 inches
64.3 x 21.6 cm
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This matching set of panoramic views show scenes of St. Petersburg along the Neva River, based on the work of Louis-Nicolas de Lespinasse, who in turn based his views on drawings by Mikhail Ivanovich Makhaev, a famous Russian artist who was known for his views of St. Petersburg. The views show a floating bridge, numerous ships, and buildings lining the banks of the river. Engraved by Claude-Mathieu Fessard and under the direction of François Denis Née.

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Condition: A

Crisp impressions on paper watermarked "Fin de T [heart] Richard Auvergne 782" with light toning and damp stains along the edges of the sheets. Each sheet has a tear in the top margin at center that has been repaired with old paper (on verso on 3 of the sheets and on recto on the sheet "...Vers l'Orient"). The "...Vers l'Orient" sheet also has a repaired tear in the bottom margin. The first image is a composite image - the views are on four separate sheets.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

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Closed on 6/22/2022

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