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1780 ‘La Ville et le Pont de Londres’ [London], large folio ‘Vue d’optique’ - Travel, Maps

1780 ‘La Ville et le Pont de Londres’ [London], large folio ‘Vue d’optique’ - Travel, Maps

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Optical view of London (England) XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. 

Original copper plate engraving on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time engraved by Loyer. 

Published by Jean-François Daumont in Paris circa 1780.

Height: 12.01 in. (30.5 cm)
Width: 17.33 in. (44 cm) 

During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers. These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.

Unusually good condition. Tiny clean tear restored. Light even age toning.

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