Auction 148, Lot 464

"Prospect von der Koniglichen Mauth in London nebst einem Theil des Londners Thurns von der Temse Anzusehen / Vue de la Douane avec une Partie de la Tour de Londres Prise de Dessus la Tamise",

Subject: London, England

Period: 1780 (circa)

Publication: Collection des Prospects

Color: Hand Color

Size:
15.6 x 11.3 inches
39.6 x 28.7 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.

A lovely view of a street along the River Thames in London. Numerous ships and small vessels can be seen in the river, with the Tower of London in the background. Engraved for a Vue d'Optique, it was designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. The title at top is engraved in reverse. 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. Engraved by George Godofroid Winckler.

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Condition: A

Bold original color with marginal soiling and a small hole in left blank margin, far from image.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $60

Closed on 2/19/2014

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