Auction 124, Lot 457

"Vue de la Meuse",

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1775 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.6 x 8.2 inches
37.1 x 20.8 cm

Optical prints (or vue d’optique) were made to be viewed in a special apparatus that provided the viewer with an illusion of depth (early 3-D). The large mirror employed in the viewing machine showed the image reversed so many of these views have the titles and information engraved forward and backwards to facilitate viewing in the machine or by hand. These prints were only produced for a short period of time (1740 to 1790) and then were replaced with the invention of the smaller steroviewer. These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their distinctive engraving style, striking perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating.

This crisply rendered vue d'optique shows the River Meuse flowing through the beautiful countryside. The scene includes several sailboats on the river. Printed on double-thick paper by Maillet in Paris.


Condition: B+

Double-thick paper is beginning to separate and there is some surface soiling.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $75

Closed on 5/7/2008