DAUMONT, A hand-coloured 'optical print of a perspective view of Westminster Abbey, London,
titled "Vue d'Optique Representant L'Abbaye de Westminster et de l'Eglise Ste. Marguerite à Londres"
Published Paris, 1760
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular speciality establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them. In the 18th century the optical print or 'vue d'optique' came into existence, whose exaggerated converging lines were intended to produce the optical illusion of deep recession. The viewing devices for which these perspective prints were produced consisted of a lens and a mirror, and required the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
Mounted in a 20th Century burr maple frame with a gold slip and terracotta coloured mount.
Condition: good overall, no tears to the paper, small amount of spotting. Unfortunately, due to the frames being sealed I'm not able to tell how close cut the margins are.
Size: 25cm x 38.5cm ( 42cm x 55cm including frame)