Vüe de l'Hopital Royal des Invalides à Chelsea et de la Rotonde dans les Jardins de Raneleagh Aupres de Londres - A View of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea & the Rotunda in Ranelaigh Gardens.
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time, drawn by Thomas Bowles and engraved by Thomas Bowles. Published by Mésard in Paris circa 1751, depicting a view of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London (England).
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
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. Historical Library owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vüe de l'hopital royal des invalides à chelsea et de la rotonde dans les jardins de raneleagh aupres de londres - a view of the royal hospital at chelsea & the rotunda in ranelaigh gardens.
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King Charles II founded the Royal Hospital in 1682 as a retreat for veterans. The provision of a hostel rather than the payment of pensions was inspired by Les Invalides in Paris. The site for the Royal Hospital was an area of Chelsea which held an incomplete building
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 271 years ago (around 1751).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vüe de l'Hopital Royal des Invalides à Chelsea et de la Rotonde dans les Jardins de Raneleagh Aupres de Londres - A View of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea & the Rotunda in Ranelaigh Gardens. datant de 1751 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 (1751).
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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