Vue de Peking Capitale de la Chine, et de la Superbe Muraille qui la Separe de la Tartarie. BEAUVAIS.
A Delicately Colored, Very Scarce View of Beijing
Beijing, China/ Optical Print.
[Paris, 1760]

Vue de Peking Capitale de la Chine, et de la Superbe Muraille qui la Separe de la Tartarie.

11 ½ x 15 ½ inches, Fine original color; mounted on thick early paper, a mended edge split, light soiling, else excellent.

An animated, beautifully colored panoramic view of Beijing with the Great Wall in the background, one of only a few obtainable, Western, printed images of the city prior to 1800.

 

This work is an example of a vue optique, a print that is engraved in such a way, with exaggerated converging lines, to create a three-dimensional effect when viewed with a special device.  Such prints appeared largely in Paris, London and Augsburg in the latter 18th and early 19th century.  The market for them was primarily the rising bourgeoisie, affording them a cosmopolitan experience at relatively low cost.

Price: $950.00

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