This original antique optical print shows a view of the Kolk in Rotterdam. The Westnieuwland on the right and the Open Rijstuin on the left. In the background we see the Korenbeurs and in the middle the Laurens church. Boats and ships in the canal. This is an optical print, also called ‘vue optique’ or ‘vue d’optique’, which were made to be viewed through a Zograscope, or other devices of convex lens and mirrors, all of which produced an optical illusion of depth.
Made by after an anonymous artist.
Medium: Engraving / etching with original hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 46 x 34.2 cm (18.11 x 13.46 inch). Image size: 40.7 x 28.5 cm. (16.02 x 11.22 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Mounted on board. Some foxing and browning of paper. Crease upper part. Number with pencil in upper corner. Paper tape on verso from former framing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
CANAL ROTTERDAM-KORENBEURS-KOLK-LAURENSKERK-NETHERLANDS | RBOS-T.30-LARGE
Published in Augsburg, Germany c. 1780.
Biography engraver: Johann Benedict Winckler (1727-1797), German engraver.