Interesting picture of history
Date of this view: ca. 1755
Dimensions (not including margins; the view only): 24 x 39 cm
Dimensions (including margins): 26,5 x 41 cm
Condition: mint. Sharp copper engraving. Original colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Verso: blank with indication through two library stamps in Dutch:
- first: “Kunst Historisch Instituut der Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht”
- and then “afgeschreven BIBI KHI UTR”. (meaning written off)
Optica print – Batavia
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.
Antique print Indonesia titled “Vue de l’ Isle et de la ville de Batavia appartenant aux Hollandois’” Beautiful view of the Isle and the city of Batavia belonging to the Dutch, for the India Company. Present day Jakarta, Indonesia.
Gabriel Huquier (1695–1772) was an entrepreneurial French draughtsman, engraver, printmaker, publisher, and art collector, who became a pivotal figure in the production of French 18th-century ornamental etchings and engravings
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