Vue d'Optique Representant Le Pont Marie et le Pont Rouge a Paris - Prospectus Pontis vulgo dicti Marie et Pontis lignei vulgo dicti le Pont Rouge Parisus.
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 the Pont Marie and Pont Rouge 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.
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The Bibliothèque nationale de France owns a copy of this optical view in its collections. For more details on this print please consult the site : Vue d'optique representant le pont marie et le pont rouge a paris - prospectus pontis vulgo dicti marie et pontis lignei vulgo dicti le pont rouge parisus.
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A ferry to cross the Seine is authorized by letters patent by King Henry II, September 9, 1550. After having witnessed an accident during a walk, Louis XIII decided to build a bridge at this location.
In 1632, Pierre Pidou, secretary of the King's Chamber, undertook the realization of a wooden toll bridge which will be called Sainte-Anne bridge, in reference to Anne of Austria, or Red bridge, due of its color. It replaces the old Tuileries ferry to which the rue du Bac owes its name, which proposed crossing since 1550. Fragile, this bridge of fifteen arches will be repaired for the first time in 1649, entirely redone two years later, burned down in 1654 , washed away in 1656. The bridge was again rebuilt in 1660 in wood, consolidated in 1673 and finally washed away by the ice breakup in 1684.
It was replaced between 1685 and 1689 by a stone bridge entirely financed by King Louis XIV, which earned him his name of Pont Royal.
The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 262 years ago (around 1760).
As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view Vue d'Optique Representant Le Pont Marie et le Pont Rouge a Paris - Prospectus Pontis vulgo dicti Marie et Pontis lignei vulgo dicti le Pont Rouge Parisus. 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.
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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