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Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Basset & Debour et Gangel in Paris circa 1840, depicting a view of the Sorbonne in Paris (France).
During the 18th Century, several renowned establishments in Paris, London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy) were specialized in the creation of these optical views. They could be viewed alone or through a zograscope, a wooden foot surmounted by a lens which enlarged the image and accentuated the perspective effect. They could also be placed in optical boxes, the spectator then looked inside the box through the lens. This distraction was greatly appreciated in the 18th Century in the salons of the bourgeoisie and the nobility as in the countryside thanks to the hawkers.
These etchings are nowadays exhibited in museums around the world and extremely appreciated by collectors and decorators for their historical interest and their high decorative value.
Museums & Archives
The Musée Carnavalet (Paris, France) owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue de la sorbonne prise de la cour
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The Sorbonne Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel located on the Sorbonne historical site, in the Latin quarter of Paris. It was rebuilt in the 17th century by order of Cardinal Richelieu.
The architect was Jacques Lemercier and the dome was painted by Philippe de Champagine, for the paintings, and François Girardon for Richelieu's tombstone.
The project starts as a general reconstruction of the site. The original chapel is demolished and the new chapel is established on the site of the former collège de Calvy. The work starts in 1627, but only in 1635 for the chapel, which is finished in 1642, year of Richelieu's death.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 182 years ago (around 1840).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view VUE DE LA SORBONNE PRISE DE LA COUR datant de 1840 is dispatched worldwide within 24H in a Secured packaging, accompanied by its certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the name of the artists (draughtsman, engraver, editor), the impression process used (Strong water) and its date (1840).
In order to guarantee a perfect conservation in time, this strong water etching is dispatched, ready to be framed, under museum quality color passepartout (manufactured without acid in the pulp for a neutral pH) on a cream mountboard made from carton bois (also acid free & neutral pH), in a luxurious portfolio.
At the apogee of the mode for optical views, between 1750 and 1790, four European cities specialized in their edition: Paris (France), London (England), Augsburg (Germany) and Bassano (Italy).
Optical views are prized in very different social circles : pleasant recreation in aristocratic salons, the views are admired in beautiful and richly decorated optical boxes which are real works of art. The show was transformed into a real scientific experiment. But the optical views also entertained the people who were in a hurry when a hawker set up a box on a market and began to narrate the extraordinary events that had taken place in a more or less distant and inaccessible country.
There are three categories in the production of optical views.
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