Lovely French Bird’s-Eye View of Mexico from the Maximilian Era

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33. [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW: MEXICO CITY]. DUSACQ ET CIE. (publisher). Vue Générale de México | (Vol d’Oiseau) [below title] Dusacq et Cie. Edit, 14, Boul. Poissonnière, Paris | Imp. Becquet à Paris [top right above neat line] No. 85. Paris, n.d. [ca. 1863-1864]. Duo-tone lithograph in sepia and blue on thick paper (bird’s-eye view of Mexico City); image & line border: 41.6 x 60.2 cm; image, line border & text above & below: 45 x 60.2 cm; overall sheet size: 57 x 74 cm. Except for very minor marginal soiling and old adhesive stains on verso, very fine, colors fresh.

     Birds-eye view of Mexico City from northwest to southeast (perhaps after Casimiro Castro’s map). Lombardo, Atlas histórico de la ciudad de México, plate 165 (illustrated). The view is expertly delineated, and the coloring delicate and lovely. The Paris firm Dusacq et Cie. also lithographed portraits of “Maximilien, empereur du Mexique” and “S. M. Carlota Emperatriz de Mexico,” both of which were after art work by Lafosse. The two portraits are in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Other portraits from the series are dated 1863 and 1864. The firm Dusacq et Cie lithographed many prints in the nineteenth century, everything from formal portraits to views to religious themes to a caricature of Abraham Lincoln. Dusacq sometimes collaborated with the great Lemercier (see herein under NEBEL). ($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $2,600.00; Price Realized: $3,185.00.

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