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Perspective view of the fire in New York. ca. 1776-1780

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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Representation du Feu terrible a Nouvelle York

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Item Number:  28993  new
Category:  Antique maps > America > North America

Old, antique perspective view of the fire in New York.

Title: Representation du Feu terrible a Nouvelle York.

Schröckenvolle Feuersbrunst welche zu Neu York von denen Americanern in der Nacht vom 19. Herbst Monath. angelegt worden, ...

Representation du Feu terrible a Nouvelle York, que les Americains ont allumé pendent la Nuit du 19. Septebre 1776, ...

Se vend à Augsburg au Negoce comun de L'Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts libereaux avec Privilege de Sa Majesté Imperiale et avec Défense ni d'en faire ni de vendre les Copies.

Gravé par François Xav Habermann.


Engraver: François Xav Habermann.

Date: ca. 1776-1780.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
View size: 290 x 400mm (11.42 x 15.75 inches).
Sheet size: 370 x 485mm (14.57 x 19.09 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Original coloured, water stain in lower right corner.
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.