[A View of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich.]
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".
A view of Christopher Wren's Old Royal Naval College from the Thames. 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.
[Ref: 22005] £320.00