This original antique optical print shows a view of the port of Marseille, France. 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 Daumont.
Medium: Engraving / etching with original old hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 44 x 30.5 cm (17.32 x 12.01 inch). Image size: 42 x 28.5 cm. (16.54 x 11.22 inch).
Condition: fair, given age. Mounted on board. Short margin. Brown spot. Some tears. Other imperfections. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
PORT-MARSEILLE-FRANCE-SHIP | RBOS-T.30-LARGE
Published by Jean Francois Daumont in Paris c. 1770.
Biography artist: Daumont was a well-known publisher of optical prints, established in Paris. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were many popular speciality establishments in Paris, Augsburg and London which produced optical viewing devices and special engravings to be viewed through them.