[A View of the Customs House and part of the Tower.]
Engraving, original colour, scarce. Image 225 x 380mm, 9 x 15½". Prepared as a transparency: black borders stuck on over the edge of the image; river excised and replaced with thin paper with features stuck back on; windows excised, painted paper stuck on reverse.
London's Custom House, as built by Thomas Ripley in 1718, destroyed in by an explosion of gunpowder and spirits in 1814. to the side is a view of the White Tower. Not only is this print a vüe d'optique (designed to be viewed through an optical instrument called a zograscope, thus engraved transposed left to right), but it has also been manually prepared as a transparency, with details cut out to give a night-time effect when held up to the light.
[Ref: 27136] £470.00