Vue d'Optiques or Optical Views
[Pair of river scenes in the Nanking region of China.]
16 x 12"
Engraved on copper by Francois (Franz) Xavier Habermann and published in Augsburg circa 1750.
Habermann was born in Germany in 1721 and spent his working life in Augsburg in Bavaria where the printing trade thrived throughout the middle of the C18th. His optical views are amongst the most charming and accomplished produced during this time. In these lively scenes we see pagodas, palm trees and mountain peaks forming a dramatic backdrop to the commercial activity that takes place along the riverbank. Numerous junks are tethered to the shore whilst frenzied commercial discussions take place between traders.