An unknown artist of the French School, late 18th century, painted this Trompe L’Oeil with Magnifying Glass, Butterflies, Cartographic Instruments, a Map, and Prints. This oil-on-canvas work measures 16 by 13 1/8 inches (40.6 by 33.1 cm). It was sold at auction by Sotheby’s, New York, in June 2015, for 25,000 USD.
According to Sotheby’s, the print depicted in this work is of an extinct Canadian Dove, by Francois Nicolas Martinet, published 1765 – 1783. The map depicted may be a detail from a map of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding locations by Rigobert Bonne (1727 – 1795), one of the most important cartographers of the late 18th century.