Auction 127, Lot 471

"[Lot of 2] Vue Perspective de la Tour du Pont et d'une Partie de la Ville de Londres Prise de la Tamise [and] Vue de la Ville et du Pont de Londres",

Subject: England, London

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 9 inches
38.1 x 22.9 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.

Pair of attractive views of the busy Thames River and London. Published by Daumont, a well-known publisher of optical prints, established in Paris at rue St. Martin.



First if fine; second with some uneven toning in view and soil and short tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/25/2009