An extremely rare early original of the Cape. Note that this work is a 1754 original hand watercolored etching on heavy laid rag paper: this bold watercolor with gouache work is also period to circa 1754: This work is guaranteed 18th century, not one of the later reproductions, reprints or restrikes of the image. NOTE: Work is not glued or laid down: new archival hinges at top: new archival mat and new archival backing: work shows some minor wear on the outer margin edges: framed under glass in a fine new museum style frame.
Provenance: Collection: Warren Howell / San Francisco (Howell was an internationally known book and fine prints collector). NOTE: This work is fully guaranteed: the work comes with a formal credentialed certificate of authenticity from a museum trained graphics specialist and Sotheby's associate.
Etchings in this technique were often referred to as Vue De Optiques. Popular during the mid to late 18th century. This was the popular internet or TV of its time in which high society circles gathered to view etchings of exotic places and buildings through an optical viewing machine (zograscope, magic lantern, among other names). Names for the viewing machines varied more in Britain than on the continent.
Catalogues produced by British print publishers of the eighteenth centuries give a number of alternative titles for these fine hand watercolored etchings which were often magnificent works of art in their own right. In his catalogue of 1717 Henry Overton I calls them'prospects', a term also used in the 1731 John Bowies catalogue:'Prospects neatly graved each on one large Sheet of Paper'. If the Henry Overton II catalogue of 1754 merely mentions'Views, each on One Sheet of Large Paper', a much fuller description appears in the Carington Bowles catalogue Of 1784. Vendio Images: More than just a pretty image.
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