This optical print depicts the ‘Buitenhof’ in The Hague / Den Haag, The Netherlands. This is an optical print, also called ‘vue optique’ or ‘vue d’optique’, which were made to be viewed through a Zograscope, or other devices of convex lens and mirrors, all of which produced an optical illusion of depth.
Made by an anonymous engraver after Basset.
Medium: engraving / etching with original old hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 46 x 31.5 cm (18.11 x 12.4 inch). Image size: 40 x 26 cm. (15.75 x 10.24 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Brown stain left margin, not affecting image. Top margin damp stain extending 1,5 cm into image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
BUITENHOF-DEN HAAG-THE HAGUE-OPTICAL PRINT | DP-A2-001-26
Original antique print published by Basset in Paris ca. 1770. Artists and Engravers: Engraver and publisher: ‘A Paris, chez Basset Rue St. Jacques …’ The Basset firm was an important publisher located on rue Saint-Jacques, active from 1700 to 1865. The Basset’s published a variety of prints: from luxurious art prints, optical prints to inexpensive prints, children prints and even wallpaper. They smartly adapted and manoeuvered through changing political times.
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