Plate : ‘Prospect von Utrecht von dem schonen Hauss nach der Maillien Baan anzusehen.’ This optical print shows a view of the Utrecht Maliebaan with the fine residence Bellevue proudly in the centre. This print is a fairly accurate copy in reverse of the engraving by Jean Jacques le Veau after Versteeg, that was published by J. van Schoonhoven &. Co. in Utrecht, 1772. The Utrecht Maliebaan was constructed at the Oudwijkerveld in 1637, measuring ca. 750 metres. A ‘maliebaan’ was originally a specially constructed ground for playing a game resembling kolf. Captions in German and French below the image.
Made by Balthasar Frederic Leizelt after J. Versteegs.
Medium: engraving / etching with original old hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 45 x 34 cm (17.72 x 13.39 inch). Image size: 40 x 24.5 cm. (15.75 x 9.65 inch).
Condition: good, given age. A few sharp creases top left corner, just oustside image, reinforced on verso. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
THE NETHERLANDS-UTRECHT-MALIEBAAN-BELLEVUE-OPTICAL PRINT | DP-A2-001-18
Original antique print published in Augsburg ca. 1770. 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. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Balthasar Frederic Leizelt after J. Versteegs.
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