Catalog Archive

Auction 138, Lot 495

"Vue de la Maison de Northumberland a Charing Cross de Londres",

Subject: London, England

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 11 inches
39.4 x 27.9 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.

This lovely view of the Northumberland House depicts the Percy Lion atop the central façade overlooking Charing Cross. The Northumberland House was built in the early sixteenth century by Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton. Engraved by Balth. Fraderic Leizelt.


Condition: A

Wide margins with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $180


Closed on 12/7/2011