B. Leizel after Thomas Bowles
Vue de la Place de Leicester a Londres
16.5 x 12.5 inches
An etching in distinctive, original hand colour by Leizel after the drawings of Thomas Bowles and published in Augsburg circa 1750.
This scarce image of Leicester Square is one from a series entitled "Collection des Prospects" that were produced across Europe from the 1740s onwards initially in cities such as Augsburg, Amsterdam and Paris but latterly in London. They are intended as optical views to be appreciated through a mirror and a lens using contrivances called zograscopes or, more simply, view finders. The deliberately bright colours, when seen through the lens, give an almost three dimensional aspect to the scene. In this instance the red of the pavement and the green of the grass are both exaggerated to produce the illusion of depth.