1780 c LONDON: Winkler; View of the Customs House ‘Vue Perspective’ - Topography


Winkler (George Godofried)

"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"

40.8 x 30.5 cm

Published in Gugsbrug. 

View of the Customs House, next to the Thames; looking down the river towards the Tower of London; seen in reverse, designed to be viewed through an optical device, or zograscope. Numerous ships and small vessels can be seen in the river, with the Tower of London in the background.

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.

Trimmed to plate mark. Minor marginal staining.