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Auction 182, Lot 480

"Vue de la Chapelle St. Paul a Edimbourg Prise de la Place d'Yorck", Basset, Paul-Andre le jeune

Subject: Edinburgh, Scotland

Period: 1790 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.9 x 9.9 inches
40.4 x 25.1 cm
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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 St Paul's and St George's Church in central Edinburgh. Published by Basset, a well-known publisher of optical prints based in Paris.


Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with light toning, a few small spots, and a minor extraneous crease at top right.

Estimate: $80 - $95


Closed on 4/28/2021