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Optical view of Mons (Belgium)
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset in Paris circa 1760

18th Century optical view in original watercolors of Mons (Belgium)
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176018th Century
  • Date : circa 1760
  • Century : 18th Century
  • Period : Louis XV
  • Technique : Strong water etching
  • Paper : Laid paper
  • Publisher : Basset
  • Place of publication : Paris
  • Passepartout : 50.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Sheet : 31.0 x 44.0 cm
  • Plate : 28.0 x 39.0 cm
  • Inventory N° : FR-03120
500€
(Frame not included)
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  • Passepartout included
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Original title

VEV DE LA VILLE DE MONS EN FLANDRE

Mentions

A Paris chez Basset rue St. Jacques a Se. Geneviève

Description

XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset in Paris circa 1760, depicting a view of Mons (Belgium).

During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers.

These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.

Condition report

Good state

This strong water etching is listed in these categories :

Mons

From 1701 to 1713, France again occupied the town of Mons (War of the Spanish Succession). The Treaties of Utrecht and Rastatt bring the city into the fold of the Habsburgs of Austria. The fortress is however controlled by troops of the United Provinces.

In 1718, the power, represented by the sovereign court of Hainaut, leaves the castle which, for lack of maintenance, deteriorates. The site was leveled in the 19th century, only the Saint-Calixte chapel (13th century), the concierge and the belfry being preserved.

In 1747, Louis XV conquered the city and kept it until 1748, where it was returned to Empress Marie-Thérèse by the Treaty of Aachen (1748) which ended the War of the Austrian Succession. Prince Charles-Alexandre de Lorraine, brother-in-law of the empress, is appointed governor of the Netherlands while his sister, princess Anne-Charlotte, is appointed abbess of the chapter of the collegiate church of Sainte-Waudru.

In 1787 , the Brabant Revolution occurs, in rejection to reforms taken from 1780, by the emperor Joseph II which strike the administration, justice, taxation, customs. The States General met on January 7, 1790 in Brussels.

The act of union which unites and confederates the insurgent provinces, including Hainaut, was ratified on January 20, 1790 by all the States of the insurgent provinces, except those of Limburg, under the name of United Belgian States.

Due to financial problems, the United Belgian States cannot resist the return of Austrian troops, and at the end of 1790, the Austrian imperial army regains power in the name of the emperor Leopold II.

The Optical View

The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 262 years ago (around 1760).

As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VEV DE LA VILLE DE MONS EN FLANDRE datant de 1760 is dispatched worldwide within 24H in a Secured packaging, accompanied by its certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the name of the artists (draughtsman, engraver, editor), the impression process used (Strong water) and its date (1760).

In order to guarantee a perfect conservation in time, this strong water etching is dispatched, ready to be framed, under museum quality color passepartout (manufactured without acid in the pulp for a neutral pH) on a cream mountboard made from carton bois (also acid free & neutral pH), in a luxurious portfolio.

History of the Optical views

At the apogee of the mode for optical views, between 1750 and 1790, four European cities specialized in their edition: Paris (France), London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy).

Optical views are prized in very different social circles : pleasant recreation in aristocratic salons, the views are admired in beautiful and richly decorated optical boxes which are real works of art. The show was transformed into a real scientific experiment. But the optical views also entertained the people who were in a hurry when a hawker set up a box on a market and began to narrate the extraordinary events that had taken place in a more or less distant and inaccessible country.

There are three categories in the production of optical views.

  • Topographic views: Cities, Monuments, Ports, Distant regions, reproduced with more or less accuracy, depending on the documents available to the engraver. It is obvious that the authors of these prints had not seen these territories. They therefore recomposed these landscapes by compiling various engravings and drawings, which explains many fantasies.
  • The historical scenes : Inaugurations, Coronations, Battles, Fires or Natural disasters form a subject that the people are fond of.
  • Views with a religious or moralizing theme. For educational value, these prints were mainly produced by Parisian publishers in the rue Saint-Jacques.

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