Paris. Mondhard. No date. Ca. 1750.
Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate mark 9 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches on sheet 9 1/4 x 16 inches. Adhesive residue on verso from previous matting (not affecting front), very good condition. Although not explicitly labeled, this, together with the print "1er. Vue des Boulvard (sic)" (our record number 44031), is an example of a "vue d'optique" or perspective view, a popular print from the second half of the 18th century, designed to be projected with a viewing device (a zograscope or perspective glass) which enhanced the illusion of depth and perspective, providing something of a 3D effect. Unlike many prints of this type there is no title printed in mirror image at the top of the print on this engraving, and the coloring is much finer than for many examples of the type. However, its companion print has text under the title alerting the public that the view is engraved to be viewed "dans l'optique." There is a most interesting and thorough article by C.J. Kaldenbach "Perspective Views" which was originally published in Print Quarterly (June 1985) and is now available for viewing on the web. A charming view in the Paris suburbs. Item #44032