BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF 19TH CENTURY LAKE GENEVA
“Panorama des Alpes et des rives du Lac Leman” [Panorama of the Alps and the shores of Lake Geneva]. Engraving with aquatint on two mounted sheets made by Jean Bryner after the design of Jean Dubois, published 1826 in Geneva by Briquet. Coloured by a later hand. Size (view): 29,2 x 120 cm (incl. text: approx. 41 x 120 cm).
Panoramic view from the Northern shore, from a point behind Lausanne, towards the foot of the Jura, from where we can see the whole of Lake Geneva and its region, from the Vaudois Alps to the Pays de Gex.
From left to right: the villages and towns of (in the very distance) Montreux, Grandvaux, Lutry, Pully, Ouchy (Lausanne), Lausanne (with the church of Saint-François , Lausanne Cathedral, Le Collège, church of Saint-Laurent), Vidy, Saint Sulpice, Morges, Saint Prex, Promenthou, Prangins, Nyon, Céligny, Coppet, Versoix, Genthod and Geneva at the end.
In front we see the Col de la Faucille with a carriage coming up from the town of Gex. (Nowadays, one of the classic climbs of the Tour de France.)
In the distance the ever spectacular alpine scenery with the French peaks of the Mont Chauffé, Dent d’Oche, Dents du Midi, Mont Vélan, Roc d’Enfer, Le Buet, Aiguille d’Argentière, Aiguille Verte, Aiguille du Dru, Aiguille de Talèfre, Grandes Jorasses, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Le Brévent, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Goûter, Aiguille de Varan, Le Môle, Aiguille de Bionnassay, Mont Joly, Chaîne du Reposoir.
The view shows people walking and strolling. They do not seem to be in a rush. Life was peaceful in those days.