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ACADEMIE - Quebeck.

ACADEMIE -  Quebeck.
Quebeck. - ACADEMIE
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Title : Quebeck..
Map maker : ACADEMIE.
Date : Augsburg, 1750.
Size : 12.2 x 15.7 inches. / 31.0 x 39.8 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :A so-called optical print showing a decorative imaginary town-view of Québec seen from the harbour, with a large vessel in the foreground. Engraved by Balthasar Frederic Leizelt.
This print is a fine example of this illusionary printmaking, but also as a testament to strong interest by Europeans in America at the time and also as a fine example of the perspective view, complete with the lovely and bold original color and reversed title at the top.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular specialty establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century the optical print or vue optique came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession. The viewing devices for which these perspective prints were produced consisted of a lens and a mirror, this requiring the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
See our special page about optical prints and peep shows.

An optical mirror with print.
(Mirror is not included in the lot.)

LOC, The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints, 366.
Condition : Paper slightly age toned, as usual. Marginal staining. Some browning in right hand part of the print.

ID: 26670

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