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The Horizontorium.

  • ARTIST: William Shires

  • PUBLISHER: Published by R. Bancks, 441 Strand, London.

  • MEDIUM: Copper engraving,

    DATE: May 30, 1821.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 18 1/4 x 13 3/4" (46.2 x 35 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This unusual perspective view of a crenelated building with tower is called a "horizontorium." This was an architectural print popular in Europe, which had to be viewed from a particular angle, in order for the subject's normal proportions to be visible. William Shires was a mathematical tutor. <br><br> This is an early take on 3-D illustration. If you place your chin on the "F" mark at the bottom, the image appears to stand right before you. Optical prints became very popular in Europe in the late eighteenth-century with vue-optiques.


  • CONDITION: Very good condition.


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