Item #32585 Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.
(Peepshow)

Le Château d'Edinbourg. Das Schloss zu Edinburg. The Castle of Edinburgh.

(N.p. c. 1835). Five-panel peepshow, plus final background view. A perspective from the bottom of the Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, the peepshow directs the viewer's gaze uphill toward the famed, "never breached," Edinburgh Castle, the royal seat of Scotland, which is still home to the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Scone. The cover of the peepshow has three viewports, the central one larger than the others and circled by "eyelashes." That central position carries the viewer up past market-squares, playing children, and parading troops toward the Castle. The left viewport looks through to a chapel interior with a nun praying at an altar, and past that a view of what seems to be an Italian countryside; altogether an odd vantage for primarily Protestant Scotland. The right viewport gives way to a two-story interior, with scenes of a ball above and of a stable below.

The triple-view is an especially vivid and crafty engagement of perspective, and the play and amazement of vision. The colors and shadows, too, add texture to the scenes. Encased in box with general unobtrusive soiling, bumps to corners, sides corners of lid split. Yet a remarkably clean interior, and a rare view of Scottish urbanity. Housed in later wood box with provenance information pasted to interior. Item #32585

(Hyde 104).

Price: $3,500.00