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The Arc De Triomphe (teleorama).


Teleorama/Tunnel Book/Peepshow.

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No date, no publishing details. Rectangular teleorama 18.8 x 12.8cm, heavy card illustrated boards front and back with four paper panels connected by paper bellows. Three peepholes in front board offering three perspectives from the Arc De Triomphe down a boulevard to another arch in the distance.

Good. Edges worn and rubbed. Three of the tiny human figures have lost their heads. The bellows have been replaced with paper from Lloyds Register of British and Foreign Shipping.

Paper peepshows or teleoramas were first published in the 1820s by a German book and art seller called Heinrich Friedrich Műller. They consisted of staggered paper panels which were connected at the sides by flexible material bellows. The front and back boards of the peepshow pulled apart, to reveal a concertina structure and the diminishing paper panels created an effect of receding perspective, which lead the viewer’s gaze towards the back scene. Since the 1820s paper peepshows have been developed in a wide assortment of formats, including square, rectangular, circular and oval, with some comprising up to 11 different cut-out panels and multiple peepholes. Despite the lack of publisher details or publishing date this appears to be an early teleorama (c. 1830s) celebrating the building of the Arc De Triomphe, which was finally completed in 1836.