Vue de l'Ecluse a Delftshaven. NETHERLANDS / HOLLAND - DELFSHAVEN - VUE D'OPTIQUE.

Vue de l'Ecluse a Delftshaven.

Paris. 1760.
Copperplate engraving, handcolored, sheet 12 3/4 x 16 3/4 inches, MOUNTED ON THIN CARDBOARD. Some puckering of sheet from mounting, image is clean. An attractive view of the inner harbor of Delfshaven. This 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. Like many prints of this type there is a title printed in mirror image at the top of the print (since the print was reversed when projected), and the coloring is broad. 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. Item #52034

Price: $165.00