Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings
1765 PORTSMOUTH: Vue Perspective du Port de Porsmouth - Maritime
JEAN FRANCOIS DAUMONT
Vue Perspective du Port de Portsmouth, Ville d-Angleterre, dans le Hampshire dans l'isle de Portsey
Height: 30.00 cm, width: 42.70 cm
Published in Paris, 1765
Impressive optical print of the harbour of Portsmouth, a harbour city in the South East of England in the county of Hampshire on the Solent Strait. The city is located on the island of Portsea, directly opposite of the more southern Isle of Wight. On the print, we see the harbour, with the fortress. The city in the middle of the print. With behind it, the English warships at anchor.
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.
Age toning to paper as always. Minor edge wear and tiny rust spot oxidised. A fine piece.