1760's Vue Du Palais Du Roy De Portugal, A Lisbonne "vue D'optique" Rare
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1760's Vue Du Palais Du Roy De Portugal, A Lisbonne "vue D'optique" Rare:
Vue du Palais du Roy de Portugal, a Lisbonne
A fascinating vue d'optique ("magic lantern view") of Lisbon's vast waterfront square, Terreiro do Paço, as it appeared before the Great Earthquake of 1755 destroyed the royal palace. The print depicts a procession of carriages in the square, with canons being fired and numerous ships in the harbor.
Cartographer: Winckler / G. B. Probst
Place & Date: Augsburg / 1760s
Size: 16 3/4" x 13"
Condition: original color; minor spotting and staining
Vues d'optique are a special type of popular print published in Europe during the eighteenth century. These prints were a form of entertainment meant to be seen through devices called "optical machines," "optiques," "zograscopes" or "peepshows." These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their striking use of lines of perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating.