Auction 133, Lot 389

"Vue de l'Hotel du Lord Maire, qui comprend la Facade, et le Cote Occidental de Londres",

Subject: London, England

Period: 1750 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.6 x 10.9 inches
39.6 x 27.7 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 wonderful optica view illustrates the Mansion House which was the residence of the City of London Lord’s Mayor. It provides an excellent view of the architecture with a splendid carriage in the foreground.


Condition: B+

Original color with some minor soil. There are some old repairs in the blank margins, not affecting the image.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 9/1/2010