This original early hand-colored copper-plate engraving is a real beauty. It depicts a Perspective View of a a lake and village of Cochin or Kochi in India. It is a Vue d'optique made for a zograscope. Vue d'optique (French), vue perspective or perspective view refers to a genre of etching popular during the second half of the 18th century and into the 19th. Vues d'optique were specifically developed to provide the illusion of depth when viewed through a zograscope, also known as an "optical diagonal machine" or viewers with similar functions. A zograscope is an optical device for enhancing the sense of depth perception from a flat picture. It consists of a large magnifying lens through which the picture is viewed. Some models have the lens mounted on a stand in front of an angled mirror. This allows someone to sit at a table and to look through the lens at the picture flat on the table. Pictures viewed in this way need to be left-right reversed.
Title: Vue d'Optique representant un Lac et Village de la Cochinchine
Author, Engraver & Publisher : Présentement chés Lachaussée rue S. Jacques - A Paris chez Daumont rue St. Martin - Et Presentement chez Basset rue St. Jacques au coin de celle des Mathurins circa 1760
Size: Paper Size: 12" x 16"
Condition : Good, some discoloring. Untrimmed. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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