Vue du Palais du Luxembourg du cote du Jardin
16 x 9.5 inches
A copper plate etching with original hand colour; published in Paris circa 1750.
Early optical views such as this one were often crude in their execution and colouring. They were designed as relatively inexpensive souvenirs for travellers and tourists visiting the major cities of Europe. Designed with strong lines of perspective and vivid colours they were intended to be seen through zograscope or early viewfinders where the lens would both enhance and distort the image. They would be used as a form of entertainment after dinner to show your guests where you had been and what you had seen on your travels.