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Banque des Marchands a Stockholm. Der Banco in Stockholm.
Augsburg. No date. Ca. 1760. - Copperplate engraving, handcolored, plate mark 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches on sheet 13 3/4 x 19 inches. Lower margin cropped to plate mark, 2 inch tear at right lower edge (entering image some 1 1/2 inches with little paper loss at lower edge), 1 inch tear to mid upper edge (outside plate area), soft creases to upper left and right corner, 1 1/2 inch separation just outside the plate mark in left margin with tiny paper losstwo small holes), light soiling to outer margins and a couple of foxed spots. The image is clean and bright. A view of Merchant Banks in Stockholm Sweden, from "Collection des Prospects". The copyright line reads "Se vend a Augsbourg au Negoce comun de l'Academie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts libereaux avec Privilege de sa Majeste Imperiale." 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. There is a most interesting and thorough article by C.J. Kaldenbach "Perspective Views which was originally published in Print Quarterly (June 1985) which can be accessed on the web.
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