Vue de la Ville de Batavia [vue d'optique print]
Vue de la Ville de Batavia [vue d'optique print]
Vue de la Ville de Batavia [vue d'optique print]

Vue de la Ville de Batavia [vue d'optique print]

Paris: Hocquart, 1754. Handcolored engraving 288 x 385 mm. mounted on old blue card. A vue d'optique image of the Dutch colonial capital Batavia (present-day Jakarta, Indonesia), created by Jan Van Ryne in 1754. Vue d'optique, or perspective view, prints originated in England and were popular in Europe during the last half of the 18th century. They were designed to be seen through a zograscope, also called an optical machine or peep box, to give the viewer the illusion of depth. As on this print, the title was often repeated above the view in inverted writing (which was corrected by the lens for the viewer). Although born in the Netherlands, Jan Van Ryne spent most of his adult life in London producing engravings of scenes from the British and Dutch colonies. The detailed view of mid-18th-century Batavia shows the fort, the central canal and smaller canals, ships, buildings, and, on the right, a gallows between two Catharine wheels. In Very Good+ Condition: light foxing and soiling, primarily in the margins; intact; colors are bright. Very Good +. Item #003938

Price: $275.00