Westminster Bridge – Prospectus Pontis Westmonasteriensis Londini
Date of this view: 1700
Dimensions (not including margins): 42 x 31 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving. Original colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A
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.
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