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Auction 132, Lot 421

"Septum Regium Sancti Jacobi in Londino 40e. Vue d'Optique Representant Le Parc Royal de St. James a Londres", Daumont Co.

Subject: London, England

Period: 1780 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 9.5 inches
38.1 x 24.1 cm
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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.

Fashionable people stroll the avenues of St. James Park in this interesting view of London's oldest royal park.


Condition: A

Fine original color in the opaque style that is so unique to these engravings. There is some roughness of paper edges, well away from the view.

Estimate: $150 - $200


Closed on 6/2/2010