Vue de la Porte de la Treille de l'Incendie de la Foire St. Germain a Paris, arrive la nuit du 16 au 17 Mars 1762.Vue de Lincendie de la Foire S. Germain A Paris [in reverse.] No.78.
Etching in contemporary hand colour, sheet 295 x 395mm. 11½ x 15½". Trimmed to plate; some spotting.
A dramatic depiction of the fire during the annual Foire Saint-Germain fair in Paris, 16 - 17 March 1762; townsfolk using buckets of water and pumps in an effort to douse the raging flames, and a monk praying lower left. Key below title. For a series of vues d’optiques, intended originally to be viewed through a convex lens. The devices, known variously as zograscopes, optical machines and peepshows, were a popular optical entertainment of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Vues d’optiques were rendered in high-key colour and dramatic linear perspective, which enhanced the illusion of three-dimensionality when viewed through the lens.
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