Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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The Optical Viewer (l’Optique),

Etching and engraving with roulette and rocker on laid paper

Print impression quality: Very good early impression before wear of plate, when it was colored à la poupée

Dimensions (Sheet): 617 x 473 mm (24.3 x 18.6 in.)

Inscribed in plate, lower right: “Gravé par F. Cazenave”

Watermark: Unidentified letters (area of title inscription)

Accession number: 1995.39.1

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds donated by Elizabeth Tishler, 1995

The image depicts Georges Jacques Danton, with Danton’s son looking at prints through an optical viewer. This was a concave-lensed “Perspective Glass” for viewing at eye level an object laid flat on a table, or occasionally for viewing prints designed to be seen only through this apparatus.

Bibliography: Carlson and Ittman, From Regency to Empire (1985), p. 304, cat. 110; Harisse, Boilly (1898), pp. 74–75, no. 6; see Clayton, The English Print (1997), 140–42.

Work Type: print

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