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Perspective view of Boston Harbor. 18th cent.

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 de Boston vers le Cale du Port.

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Item Number:  29062
Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique perspective view of Boston Harbor.

Title: Vue de Boston vers le Cale du Port.

Prospect von Boston gegen der Bucht am Hafen.
 
Gravé par François Xav Habermann.

Engraver: François Xavier Habermann.

Date: 18th century.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Map size: 300 x 400mm (11.81 x 15.75 inches).
Sheet size: 310 x 440mm (12.2 x 17.32 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, slightly soiled and smudged.
Condition Rating: B.

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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.