Publisher / Artist : BASSET, A.
Title : Vue d'un Feu d'Artifice tiré devant l'Hotel de Ville en réjouissance de la Paix.
Published : Paris, 1760
Size : 285 x 395mm.
Colouring : Original colours.
Condition : Paper browned. Some marginal foxing. Good and dark impression.
Optical view, illustrating a fireworks display in front of the Paris city hall.
In 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 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, this requiring the use of reversed or mirror-image pictures.
See our special page about optical prints and peep shows.
An optical mirror with print.
(Mirror is not included in the lot.)