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BOYDELL, John (1719-1804)
{rtf1ansideff0{fonttbl {f0fswiss MS Sans Serif;}}pardf0fs20 A View of New Palace Yard Westminster: Veüe de New Palace Yard a Westminster}
London: Published by John Boydell Engraver at the Unicorn the corner of Queen Street in Cheapside, 1755. {rtf1ansideff0{fonttbl {f0fswiss MS Sans Serif;}}pardf0fs20 Engraving with original colour. Very good condition}. {rtf1ansideff0{fonttbl {f0fswiss MS Sans Serif;}}pardf0fs20 A wonderful "vue d'optique" of Westminster London with stunning early colour.}During the eighteenth century "vues d'optique" or "perspective views" became extremely popular in England and Europe. Like other optical prints they capitalized on a connoisseur market eager for the latest novelty. English publishers such as John Bowles and Robert Sayer had great success with these optical views, which quickly developed into a collecting craze that swept through print shops on both sides of the Channel. "Vues d'optiques" were specifically designed to create the illusion of perspective when viewed with a zograscope or perspective glass. These viewing devices used a series of reflecting mirrors to enhance the illusion of depth in the print, creating a veritable "view" for the onlooker. Typically these prints depicted city or landscape views, and were horizontal in format. They had roughly the same dimensions and were sold with heavy opaque colouring, so as to show the tints when viewed through the lens. In their heyday, optical prints were a technical revolution; they could be seen in almost every fashionable drawing room, and were enjoyed by the poorer classes in print shops or at traveling fairs. For a small fee the citizens of Europe and England could travel the world without leaving their village. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books [US]

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