Vue de l’Isle Neufie à Amsterdam - Circa 1780
A perspective view entitled: “Vue perspective du Binnenkant, de l'Isle Neufie et de la tour du Mont Albaan à Amsterdam“. This type of engraving, popular at the time, was developed to give the impression of depth when viewed through a zograscope, an optical device consisting of a magnifying lens and sometimes an angled mirror. They were occasionally referred to as “peepshow prints”. The texts on the prints were at times inverted and the scenes and perspectives were attractive and exotic: cities near and far, palaces, gardens, architecture and monuments. Often some elements of the image were painted with bright colours, particularly the people. Similar to postcards today, these scenes allowed viewers to be armchair travellers. Their very popularity at the time made them disposable and many were lost after their usefulness had passed, making them quite scarce and valuable nowadays.
At the time this work was published, the Basset family business, one of the most long-standing and successful engravers (1720-1865), was located at 64, rue Saint Jacques (Latin Quarter), Paris.
Artist: Paul-André Basset (17??-184?) – Publisher/printer
Note: Hand-written long title written on back in ink
Medium: Hand-coloured engraving on watermarked paper
Condition: Excellent condition.
Dimensions: 25.7 x 42.2 cm. / 10 x 16 ½ in.
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Amsterdam Perspective View - Hand Coloured Engraving - Original 18th Century Engraving (Vue d’optique)