A View of the Grand Palace of Westminster / Vüe du Palais Episcopal de Westminster
Date of this view: ca. 1750
Dimensions (not including margins): 25 x 41,3 cm
Condition: mint. Sharp copper engraving. Original colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Optica print – Westminster Palace
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular specialty 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.
So-called optical print illustrating a perspective view of the old Palace of Westminster where the Lords and Commons met and the square facing it. Below, view of the old palace yard:
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