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~ A Carnival Ball in a miniature perspective peepshow. Augsburg: Martin Englebrecht, c. 1730-50].

6 hand-coloured etchings, each 72 × 90 mm, hand cut, 5 with stiff paper strips painted to the borders on verso as stiffeners. Early manuscript numbering to versos: ‘No. 18 1 [-6]. Early paper envelope with Dutch inscription ‘No 8 tursche mosque’ (frayed). Very slightly curved with minimal rubbing to edges.

A rare eighteenth-century perspective peepshow depicting a carnival ball. There are 8 dancing figures — 7 men in various costumes (including a harlequin and masks) and one elegantly-dressed lady at the rear. The setting is sumptuous and theatrical, with columns, heavy curtains and statuary in the foreground and a garden with topiary hedges and a fountain as a background. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in three sizes, of which ours is an example of the smallest (and rarest). They were designed to be viewed when slotted successively into a perspective viewing box but can equally be appreciated when standing in simple slots or stands. cf, Ralph Hyde, Paper Peepshows (2015), pp. 14–15 and David Robinson, ‘Augsburg Peepshows’, Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1988), pp. 188–191.

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