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Early 3-D View of Havana

Havana/ Vue D’optique. HUQUIER [Paris, c. 1750]
A View General of the City de Havana of Amerique. 11 ¾ x 14 ¼ inches
Fine original hand color; excellent condition.


An early foray into 3-D technology, this print was designed to be viewed through an apparatus called a zognascope to generate the desired effect. The image would then be seen in the reverse of how it appears in the print, which is why the title above the image is in reverse. In fact, the depiction here is the Montanus-Ogilby view of Havana of 1670 reversed. Nevertheless, it is a dramatic image with a well-detailed galleon firing its canon and various smaller craft being tossed in high seas. Because of its source, the view is largely realistic; many vue d’optiques, as these views are termed, were entirely imaginary.

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