1830s Hand-Colored French Aquatint View of Mexico from the Causeway

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604. NOEL, Alexandre Jean (artist) & Franz Hegi (engraver). Vue de Mexico [below neat line] Peint par Noel | Gravé par F. Hegi [below title] à Paris chez Bance ainé rue St. Denis No. 114. Paris, n.d. [1830s]. Original hand-colored aquatint engraving of Mexico City from the causeway. Image dimensions: 29.5 x 42.5 cm; image & imprint: 31.2 x 42.5 cm; overall sheet size: 44 x 56.5 cm. Publisher's monogram at lower left blank margin and on verso. Marginal browning due to former contact with acidic framing materials. Some short tears and repairs (mostly confined to margins, but three repairs affecting image area in sky).

     A serene imaginary view of Mexico based on earlier prototypes. Ships sail where marshes had been since the end of the eighteenth century. The city is shown from west to east, and at the far right is the avenue of La Piedad and the aqueduct of Chapultepec. At the center is Tacuba Avenue and in the background the lake of Texcoco and the Sierra Nevada. Lombardo, Atlas histórico de la ciudad de México, Plate 153 (illustrated). French artist Alexandre Jean Noel (1757-1834) was a pupil of Claude Joseph Vernet. Engraver Franz Hegi (1774-1850), born in Lausanne, carried out some excellent work in Zurich and Paris. Here Hegi ably captures the subtleties of Noel's original artwork. For more on artist and engraver, see Bénézit.


Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $490.00.

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