Vue De La Basilique Batie A Constantinople Par L'Empereur Iustinien [in reverse above image].[Title repeated four times below, in Latin, French again, Italian, and German.]
Hand coloured engraving, sheet 325 x 435mm. Trimmed to plate and laid to card.
Vue d'optique in Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire between 1453 and 1922. It was officially renamed to its modern Turkish name Istanbul in 1930, as part of Atatürk's national reforms. Engraved and published in Augsburg, Germany, by Georg Balthasar Probst. Inscribed '219' upper right, ink annotations to upper part of and above plate. Vue D’Optique prints known as the perspective view, intended for use in an optical diagonal machine, were highly popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Used with a special viewer called “optical machines,” “optiques,” or 'zograscopes' these prints were a form of entertainment. Published in Paris, Augsburg, London, etc., ca. 1750-1800, the prints were exhibited by travelling showmen in the streets throughout Europe and also were collected by those in the professional and upper classes who had the optical machines at home. Another attribute of these prints is their bright, often crude hand colouring, applied boldly so to show the tints when viewed through the lens. The prints usually have a series of colours–blue, pink and yellow are common–crossing in bands from side to side, with bright highlights often including red. These cheerful and colourful images, with their fascinating history and peculiar appearance, make for unusual and appealing eighteenth-century prints.
[Ref: 7985] £260.00