Auction 139, Lot 409

"Aspectus Hortoru Domini Hamillon versus pontem Tamesis prope Londinum", Anon.

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 depicts a bridge along the Thames River near London, with large gardens in the background.


Condition: A

Original color with light soiling in wide, blank margins and two tiny cracks due to the oxidation of green pigment. The paper is still supple.

Estimate: $160 - $180


Closed on 2/15/2012