Optic View. Etching with original hand coloring. Page measures 13 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches.
Rare and beautiful view of Madras in South India showing a triumphant Hyder-Ali on an elephant, marching in front of the city. His distinguished military tactics enabled him to defeat the British and assume control of the region. Text in German and French translates to; Madras or Madraspatam on the map was besieged by the Hyder-Ali in 1781. Scuffs, abrasions, stains and creases as expected with optique view prints. Title written in reverse for viewing correctly in zograscope (optic viewer or peep box).