Original 18th century perspective view engraving depicting the Dutch North Sea resort town of Scheveningue attributed by the Rijksmuseum to engraver Iven Besoet and published by Hendrik Florisz Scheurleer. The view is populated with charming, anonymous figures of 18th-century society, each telling a story of everyday life, very much in the tradition of Flemish art. Perspective view etchings, also known as optical prints, were popular in the 18th and early 19th century and meant to be viewed with an optical device. The buildings' converging horizontal lines and the way the figures appear smaller with distance accentuated the illusion of depth. The main centers for perspective view prints were London, Paris, Augsburg and Bassano.
Hendrik Florisz Scheurleer Fz [Jr.] (c.1724-1768), an eighteenth century Flemish printer and bookseller born in The Hague, was the sole practitioner of this genre in The Netherlands. This etching is part of a series of views of The Hague and nearby towns issued by Scheurleer. Copies of this series are included in the Rijksmuseum collection. Iven Besoet (1720-1769) was an engraver from Leiden who collaborated with Hendrik Florisz Scheurleer and his partner Daniël Langeweg between 1747 and 1762. Dutch optical machines and perspective view etchings such as these were mostly in the hands of well-to-do households. Their popularity diminished when the illusion of depth they provided was surpassed by stereoscopic photographs circa 1850. This engraving is dedicated to Jacob Jan, Count of Wassenaar, and has the House of Wassenaer coat of arms.
Inscriptions below the image, in Dutch and French, read as follows:
GEZICHT VAN SCHEVENINGE, Opgedragen aan den Hoog gebooren Heere JACOB JAN, GRAAVE VAN WASSENAAR, Heere van OBDAM, weegens de Ridderschap van HOLLAND, Gecommitteerde Raad ter Admiraliteit op de MAAZE. door syn Hoog gebooren Heere Ootmoedigste dienaar H. Schuerleer F. Z.
VUË & PERSPECTIVE DE SCHEVENINGUE, Dediee a Monsieur Jaques Jean, Comte de Wassenaar, Seigneur d' OBDAM, &c. &c. Conseiller Depute du Corps des Nobles de la Province de HOLLANDE, a l'Almiraute de la MEUZE. par son trest Humble & tres obeissant Serviteur H. Schuerleer F. Z.
It comes ready to display in a dark wood frame. Print is mounted on cardboard, has overall toning, foxing, spots, paper tears, imperfections and glue residue to margins mostly concealed by mat. Minor losses to wood frame borders as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 24" by 17 1/2"; Mat Opening: 16 7/8" by 12 1/8" approximately.
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