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Perspective view of a naval battle off the town of St. François (Campeche - Mexico). ca. 1780

Prints called perspective views, or vues d’optique, were created specifically to be viewed with the perspective glass. These prints used dramatic linear perspectives to maximize the sense of depth. The titles mainly were printed backwards so that they could be read when reflected in the mirror. Perspective views mostly depicted foreign landscapes, street views, architectural interiors, and political or historical events.


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Vue prespective de la Ville de St. François de campech dans L'Amerique Septentrionalle.

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Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique perspective view of a naval battle off the town of St. François (Campeche - Mexico).

Title: Vue prespective de la Ville de St. François de campech dans L'Amerique Septentrionalle.
A Paris chés Huquier fils, Graveur, rue St Jacques, au dessus de celle des Mathurins, au Gd St. Remy.

Date: ca. 1780.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 260 x 390mm (10.24 x 15.35 inches).
Sheet size: 305 x 440mm (12.01 x 17.32 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+.

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Prints called perspective views, or vues d’optique, were created specifically to be viewed with the perspective glass. These prints used dramatic linear perspectives to maximize the sense of depth. The titles mainly were printed backwards so that they could be read when reflected in the mirror. Perspective views mostly depicted foreign landscapes, street views, architectural interiors, and political or historical events.