A rare and absolutely exquisite diptych of Paris views by Bertuch, circa 1795.
The pieces have their original hand watercolor, which is particularly delicate and detailed, and are in remarkable condition.
The 2 pieces are often separated, and this is also an option for framing as they both have a very different character.
The top engraving is a charming bird eye's view of the city from a neighboring forest.
A couple dressed in Directoire or early French Empire clothing are discussing what they see.
On the left, a man is sitting in the grass,and ready a book or an early newspaper.
The scene has enormous charm, in the spirit of Jean Jacques Rousseau.
The bottom engraving is about work in the quarries of Les Buttes Chaumont, now closed and a famous Parisian park.
It also has a fantastic panorama of Paris, and shows an early industrial phase in the city, when horses were used to pull heavy weights, and extraction was done with hand tools.
The piece with its reddish sunset tones has a lot of atmosphere and is the perfect contrast to the idyllic scene.
Total Length: 9 1/2". Width: 7 3/4".
( 24 cm) x ( 20 cm)
Length: 5 1/2".
Width: 4" and 3 1/2"
( 10 cm) and ( 9 cm)
No damage or foxing. Vibrant colors.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Antique Print Engraving PARIS 18th Century Bertuch TO DIE FOR