Etching / engraving on hand laid paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 31.1 x 21.3 cm. The image size is ca. 28.5 x 15.8 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 12.2 x 8.4 inch. The image size is ca. 11.2 x 6.2 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Vaisseau qu’on lance a l’ eau. Vaisseau sur le chantier.’ – (Ship being launched and a ship in a buyilding dock.) This print shows the art of the building of vessels and launching of a ship. From: “L’ Art de batir les vaisseaux et d’ en perfectionner la construction (…) le tout tire des meilleurs auteurs Hollandois, comme Witsen, van Eyk, Allard, etc.”, published by David Mortier, Amsterdam 1718-1719. 2 Volumes in one. This scarse work is known as ‘l’Allard Francais’ and is in fact a compilation of works by Dutch authors (Nicolaes Witsen, Cornelis van Eyk, Carel Allard) and a very practical and important document of ship building at the time. Ref: Polak 9643.Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Publisher: David Mortier’ after an anonymous artist. Publisher: David Mortier (1673-1728) was a Dutch printer/publisher/merchant from Amsterdam of French Huguenot descent. In 1696 he got naturalized in England. He was the brother of Pieter/Pierre Mortier (1661-1711). Both were active in Paris and Pieter ran a publishing house in Amsterdam. After Pieter’s death David returned to Amsterdam periodically from 1711-21 and helped the widow of his brother and Pieter’s son Cornelius who ultimately took over the business.
Condition: Good, given age. Remains of paper from previous attachment on rear. Light ghosting from previous matting. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: RARE ANTIQUE PRINT-LAUNCH-SHIP-CONSTRUCTION-DOCK-MORTIER