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Optical view of the courtyard of the City Hall in Paris in 1789 (France)
Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Edouard Hocquart in Paris circa 1840

19th Century optical view in original watercolors of the courtyard of the City Hall in Paris in 1789 (France)
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184019th Century
  • Date : circa 1840
  • Century : 19th Century
  • Period : Louis-Philippe Ier
  • Technique : Strong water etching
  • Paper : Laid paper
  • Publisher : Edouard Hocquart
  • Place of publication : Paris
  • Passepartout : 50.0 x 65.0 cm
  • Sheet : 34.0 x 50.0 cm
  • Plate : 27.0 x 40.0 cm
  • Inventory N° : FR-03456
600€
(Frame not included)
  • Certificate of authenticity
  • Passepartout included
  • Portfolio exacompta
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Original title

COUR DE L'HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS, EN 1789.

Mentions

A Paris chez HOCQUART rue St. Jacques N° 64.

Description

Early XIXth century optical view in original watercolors. Original strong water etching on laid paper heightened with watercolor at that time. Published by Edouard Hocquart in Paris circa 1840, depicting a view of the courtyard of the City Hall in Paris in 1789 (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 : Cour de l'hotel de ville de paris, en 1789.

Condition report

  • Applied on cardboard
  • Very good state

This strong water etching is listed in these categories :

City Hall of Paris

In July 1357, Étienne Marcel, provost of the merchants of Paris, bought the so-called maison aux piliers in the name of the municipality on the gently sloping shingle beach which served as a river port for unloading wheat and wood and later merged into a square, the Place de Grève, a place where Parisians often gathered, particularly for public executions. Ever since 1357, the City of Paris's administration has been located on the same location where the Hôtel de Ville stands today.

In 1533, King Francis I decided to endow the city with a city hall which would be worthy of Paris, then the largest city of Europe and Christendom. He appointed two architects: Italian Dominique de Cortone, nicknamed Boccador because of his red beard, and Frenchman Pierre Chambiges. The House of Pillars was torn down and Boccador, steeped in the spirit of the Renaissance, drew up the plans of a building which was at the same time tall, spacious, full of light and refined. Building work was not finished until 1628 during the reign of Louis XIII.

During the next two centuries, no changes were made to the edifice which was the stage for several famous events during the French Revolution (notably the murder of the last provost of the merchants Jacques de Flesselles by an angry crowd on 14 July 1789 and the coup of 9 Thermidor Year II when Robespierre was shot in the jaw and arrested in the Hôtel de Ville with his followers).

The facade is decorated with illustrious figures from the city of Paris.

The Optical View

The Galerie Napoléon is pleased to propose to you this strong water etching printed 181 years ago (around 1840).

As for all the antique prints in our catalogue, this optical view COUR DE L'HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS, EN 1789. 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.

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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