Vue general de la Ville d'AMSTERDAM du Coté de Tye - A general View of the CITY of AMSTERDAM from the Tye
Publishd according to Act of Parliament anno 1760
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1760, depicting a view of Amsterdam (Holland).
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.
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After the hegemony of the golden century, the eighteenth century saw the decline of the prosperity of the city of Amsterdam. The wars against France (between 1672 and 1713) and the War of the Austrian Succession led to the development of a very large debt, reaching 767 million guilders in 1795, including 450 just for Holland. The Dutch, who were the main transporters of goods from Europe, see their customers and suppliers creating their own trading fleets and passing less and less through them. The Acts of Navigation, passed in England from 1651, prohibited access to British ports and colonies for the flags of other nations. These provisions particularly target the United Provinces.
The Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, which pits the United Provinces and their ally, the kingdom of France, against Great Britain, from 1780 to 1784, allows British power to resume numerous colonial concessions in the Dutch East Indies. This defeat, coupled with the difficulties of the Franco-Batavian period, marks the end of the hegemony of Amsterdam in Europe. Eleven years after coming to power in France in 1799, Napoleon I managed to extend his empire to the Netherlands, which were annexed during the First Empire in 1810.
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 Vue general de la Ville d'AMSTERDAM du Coté de Tye - A general View of the CITY of AMSTERDAM from the Tye 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.
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.
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