Pair of optical views of the Tuileries Palace and Gardens
A decorative pair of etched Vues d'Optique in original hand colour; published by Daumont in Paris circa 1760.
These enchanting birds eye views of the Tuileries Gardens show fashionable, pre-revolutionary Paris at its most opulent. Crowds of well-dressed people throng the gardens in front of the Louvre Palace alongside the most intricate and ambitious topiary of pleached trees. The architecture of the Louvre both dominates and intimidates and one can only imagine the scale of the excess that led to its construction.