Probst, Georg Balthasar

1780

Fine vue d'optique of Constantinople now Istanbul

Vue auprès de la Mosquée du Sultan Mechemet et de Selim à Constantinople.

DESCRIPTION: Fine antique 'vue d'optique' of a street in Constantinople, 'from the Mosque of Mechemet and Selim'. In the foreground is a heavily-guarded caravan of camels. Constantinople, conquered in 1453 by the Ottomans, is today modern Istanbul, Turkey. By Georg B. Probst. Folio No. 54.

This type of print was designed to be looked at through a zograscope, a device designed to give an illusion of depth using mirrors and lenses. The image and title at the top have been transposed left to right. The prints were placed into a view box and the viewers for a small price, could look through a lens to see the print.

Georg Balthasar Probst was the most important member of an Augsburg family of artists and publishers. Probst produced about 400 vue's d'optique on varied subject matter.

CREATOR: Probst, Georg Balthasar

PUBLICATION DATE: 1780

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Turkey

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  On heavy laid paper. A tiny bit of wear from handling but without major issues. Twos small repaired marginal tears.

COLORING: Attractive and bright hand coloring.

ENGRAVER: Probst

SIZE: 16 " x 11 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 88

PRICE: $375


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