"[Lot of 3] Vue de l'Hotel des Monnaies Prise du Pont Neuf [and] Vue de la Sorbonne Prise de la Cour [and] Interieur du Louvre, Salle des Cariatides", Basset, Paul-Andre le jeune
Subject: Paris, France
Period: 1820 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
15.5 x 9.5 inches
39.4 x 24.1 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.
These three attractive views depict the Hotel des Monnaies as seen from the nearby Pont Neuf bridge, the Sorbonne as viewed from the courtyard, and the Hall of Caryatides on the lower floor of the Louvre, which now houses Roman reproductions of Greek sculptures. Size varies slightly.
Light soiling with a few minor spots and small tears in blank margins, not affecting images.