Rooftop Panoramic View of Mexico City

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605. [PANORAMIC VIEW: MEXICO CITY]. LEBRETON, [Louis]. [Above neat line at top] Mexique [title below neat line] Vue de Mexico - Vista de Mejico [below neat line] Lebreton del. [below title] Paris Bulla Frères, 16 rue Tiquetonne | Imp. Becquet, Paris [signed in image at lower center] Lebreton. Paris, n.d. [1850s or 1860s?]. Chromolithograph with original gum arabic highlights; border to border: 37 x 61.5 cm; image & lettering above and below: 43.4 x 61.5 cm; overall sheet size: 54.5 x 77 cm. Moderate uniform foxing, closed tear in right blank margin (not affecting image or border). Lower left corner chipped (no loss to image or border). Old tape repairs on verso. A very rare print by an important French artist who specialized in travel art.

     In this beautiful rooftop panoramic view of Mexico City, families relax on the rooftops of their townhouses, while the national cathedral and other public buildings dominate the skyline in the background. The excellent detail gives good insight into Mexican architecture, city planning, and life styles. French painter and watercolorist Louis Lebreton (1818-1866) initially pursued a career as a naval surgeon. On Dumont d’Urville’s expedition, he became the chief scientific draftsman after the death of the person who had initially held that position. During his travels, Lebreton made drawings and watercolor views of noteworthy places, including Sacramento, San Francisco (Honeyman Collection), New Orleans, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, sites in Oceania, New Zealand, Africa, and New York. He later became a designer and artist for the French Navy. He is best remembered today for his renderings of marine subjects. Lombardo, Atlas histórico de la ciudad de México, I, p. 10 (illustrated, but incorrectly attributed).


Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $918.75.

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