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Optical view of Westminster Bridge in London (England)
XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1760

18th Century optical view in original watercolors of Westminster Bridge in London (England)
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176018th Century
  • Date : circa 1760
  • Century : 18th Century
  • Period : Louis XV
  • Technique : Strong water etching
  • Paper : Laid paper
  • Publisher : s.n.
  • Passepartout : 50.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Sheet : 35.0 x 53.0 cm
  • Plate : 24.0 x 41.0 cm
  • Inventory N° : FR-03287
600€
(Frame not included)
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  • Passepartout included
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Original title

Vue du Pont de Westminster

Mentions

  • Se noble pont qui n'est inferieur a aucun dans le monde fut commencé en 1738 et achevé en 1750. Il est de 1220 pieds de long sur 44 de large divisé en 15 arcades Celle du milieu a 76 pieds de diametre et les autres diminant a proportion Il a couté abatir plus de 218000 sterling
  • This noble Bridge not inferior to an in the world is 1738 couacts was finishd 1750. 1220 feet long. divide into 15 arches 14 piers et 2 abulments the mild arches 76 feet in diameter the other de creasing the in hole Expence did 218000 Sterling

Description

XVIIIth century optical view in original watercolors. Original copper plate engraving on laid paper with watermark heightened with watercolor at that time. Circa 1760, depicting a view of Westminster Bridge 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.

Condition report

Good state

This strong water etching is listed in these categories :

Westminster Bridge

Westminster Bridge is a pedestrian and road bridge spanning the Thames between Westminster and Lambeth, London. The current bridge, opened in 1862, is the second on this site and replaced a bridge opened earlier in 1750 which tended to swing alarmingly. Westminster Bridge is an iron bridge made up of seven ornate arches, some of whose Gothic ornaments are due to Charles Barry (the architect of the Palace of Westminster). It is the only bridge over the Thames made up of seven arches and also the oldest of the bridges in the central sector of the Thames.

The dominant color of the bridge is green, like the leather of the House of Commons seats which is located near the Palace of Westminster near the bridge. This color contrasts with the color of the Lambeth Bridge which for its part is red like the color of the seats of the House of Lords and which is located on the opposite side of the Palace of Westminster.

The closest bridge downstream is the Hungerford Bridge while that upstream is the Lambeth Bridge.

The Optical View

The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 261 years ago (around 1760).

As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vue du Pont de Westminster datant de 1760 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 (1760).

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.

History of the Optical views

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.

  • Topographic views: Cities, Monuments, Ports, Distant regions, reproduced with more or less accuracy, depending on the documents available to the engraver. It is obvious that the authors of these prints had not seen these territories. They therefore recomposed these landscapes by compiling various engravings and drawings, which explains many fantasies.
  • The historical scenes : Inaugurations, Coronations, Battles, Fires or Natural disasters form a subject that the people are fond of.
  • Views with a religious or moralizing theme. For educational value, these prints were mainly produced by Parisian publishers in the rue Saint-Jacques.

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In addition to thousands of impassioned of antique prints throughout the world, the Galerie Napoléon is honoured to count among its customers : national archives, museums, historical monuments and important home designer companies. All attracted by the extraordinary diversity of its catalogue and the quality and speed of its services.

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