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Vue de Peking Capitale de la Chine, et de la Superbe Muraille qui la Separe de la Tartarie
Paris, 1760. Scarce original color vue optique depicting a panorama of the ancient walled city of Beijing which at the time was the seat of the Qing Dynasty, with hills and the Great Wall in the distance and an egg shell blue sky above. The print was made around the time that the Summer Palace, an outstanding example of Chinese landscape garden design, was built. In the foreground is a small dwelling with a supplicating traveler at the door; in the middle ground a main thoroughfare with horses and travelers and small dwellings; and in the background the walled city with grand buildings visible, and the hills and the Great Wall in the far distance appearing between the peaks. The print was intended to be viewed in a device consisting of a lens and a mirror, to create an illusion of depth; an early three dimensional effect. Below the title: "A Paris chez Beauvais rue St. Jacques proche de celle des Mathurins" and "Anriques Sculp." 11 1/2 x 15 3/4". With "N. 100" written in a contemporary hand above the top margin. Couple short closed tears otherwise very good. OCLC: 691504827 lists only one library holding a copy. See National Library of France: Bibliotheque nationale de France, departement Estampes et photographie, LI-72 (8)-FOL.
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