DAC Collection Object Information
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), no. 6, pp. 74–75; see Clayton, The English Print (1997), pp. 140–142.
Work Type: print
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