"Vue de l'Hotel du Lord Maire, qui Comprend la Façade, et le Cote Occidental 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 shows the famous Lord Mayor's coach driving through London. The Lord Mayor's coach is famous for its role in the Lord Mayor's Show, which is one of the longest established annual events in London, dating back to 1535. Engraved by Balth. Fraderic Leizelt.
Watermarked paper with a damp stain that just enters map image at top right, and two small holes in left blank margin, far from image.