This optical print shows a view of the port and shipyard of Le Havre, France. Captions below the image in Latin, French, Italian and German. 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 old hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 49 x 35 cm (19.29 x 13.78 inch). Image size: 40.5 x 27 cm. (15.94 x 10.63 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Some small holes in the left margin, not affecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
LE HAVRE-FRANCE-PORT-SHIPYARD-OPTICAL PRINT | DP-A2-002-31
Original antique print by Georg Balthasar Probst, published ca. 1770. Artists and Engravers: Georg Balthasar Probst.
Biography engraver: Georg Balthasar Probst (1732 – 1801) was a German artist, engraver and publisher in Augsburg, a major European publishing center in the 17th and 18th centuries. He produced architectural views of places around the world, including vues d�optique, which were published in various places during the last half of the 18th century, including Paris, Augsburg and London.