Original English 18th century perspective view engraving of a view of part of the Royal Palace of Pillnitz, near Dresden, a summer palace for Augustus the Strong of Poland and Elector of Saxony. It is inscribed as follows:
PALAIS DU ROI DE BOLOGNE.
A View of Bilniz in Saxony, one of the Palaces of the King of Poland. / Vue de BILNITZ, en Saxe, un des PALAIS du Roi de Pologne.
It also has an early label on the reverse embossed with the name and address of a Bonn antique dealer, listed in a 1917 directory, and reads as follows:
Heinr. Jansen, Bonn, Coblenzerstrasse 209
The view is populated with figures dressed in 18th-century court fashion. Perspective view etchings, also known as optical prints, were popular in the 18th and early 19th century and meant to be viewed with an optical device. The buildings' converging horizontal lines and the way the figures appear smaller with distance accentuated the illusion of depth. The main centers for perspective view prints were London, Paris, Augsburg and Bassano. Optical machines and perspective view engravings such as this were mostly in the hands of well-to-do households. Their popularity diminished when the illusion of depth they provided was surpassed by stereoscopic photographs circa 1850.
Another copy of this engraving is part of The Royal Collection Trust. It is described as published in 1752 and done by the following engravers and publishers:
After John Maurer (fl.1713-1761) (engraver)
John Stevens (fl.1750-61) (engraver)
H. Overton: White Horse, Newgate. (publisher)
R. Sayer: Golden Buck, Fleet Street (publisher)
Engraving is mounted on early wove paper, trimmed, in very good condition with overall toning consistent with age and minor foxing as shown. A watermark can be seen when held against the light. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Engraving: 13 1/4 by 9 1/4" approximately.
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