Original coloured engraving with blacked edges, title excised and pasted on reverse, mounted for use in a zograscope. Sheet 265 x 425mm. 10½ x 16¾". Some staining and surface wear.
A view of promenaders in the Mall, with deer in St James's Park, and Westminster Cathedral in the distance. A 'vue d'optique' print, designed to create the illusion of perspective when viewed through a zograscope, a device that used reflecting mirrors to create the illusion of depth. During the eighteenth century these prints were not only collected by connoisseurs to display in their drawing rooms, but were also a staple of the travelling showman's repertoir.
Gascoigne: Images of Twickenham 628, this ealier state not listed, and p.122, [the bridge] 'must rank as one of the most fanciful and impractical undertakings in the history of British engineering'.
[Ref: 22002] £260.00