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Table-top tableaux - [Perspektiefs: Nieuwe cartons om uit te snijden]
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    van Hoogstraten, H.L.
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  • Object:

    Table-top tableaux

  • Place of origin:

    's Gravenhage (published)

  • Date:

    1860 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van Hoogstraten, H.L. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper, printing

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from the collections of Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2016.

  • Museum number:

    Gestetner 367

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Physical description

The following five series are represented in this set:

No. 2. Willemskerk te ‘s-Gravenhage
No. 4. De Maas te Rotterdam
No. 5. Pavilloen in den Hout te Haarlem
No. 8. Groenmarkt
No. 12. Groot Gemaskerd Bal

Each tableau consists of a front-face with a peep-hole, four cut-out panels and a back scene. Each panel can be populated with slot-in figures.

No. 8. Groenmarkt: The front face of this series shows a woman her daughters arriving at a fruit and vegetable stall where a sales woman or costermonger sits. The peephole is oblong-shaped and is hinged enabling the viewer to open and close it. The peepshow’s title is printed on it ‘De Nieuwe Fruit-en Groenwinkel’ which translates as ‘The new fruit and vegetable market’. This market still exists in the heart of The Hague. Across the panels the viewer can spot a range of costermongers and shoppers.

No.12. ‘Groot Gemaskerd Bal’ translated as ‘The masquerade ball’ shows a crowd of people in fancy dress arriving at the venue’s front door. At the side of the door are posters which announce the ball and provide the tableaux’s title. The viewer can peep into the scene through the upper window in the front door. There are in total 26 slits for figures in costume as well as two chandeliers which are suspended from the middle panels. The middle panels are filled with dancing figures and the back panel is illustrated with an orchestra.

Place of Origin

's Gravenhage (published)


1860 (published)


van Hoogstraten, H.L. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

paper, printing


Height: 12 cm Front card, Width: 16 cm Front card

Object history note

Part of the Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection, collected over 30 years and given to the V&A Museum through the government's Cultural Gift Scheme in 2016.

Descriptive line

5 table-top tableaux. Chromolithographs.
Each tableau consists of 1 front face with a peep hole, 4 cut-out panels and 1 back scene. Staffage figures are supplied for inserting into slits on the cut-out panels.
The set, when complete, consists of 12 tableaux.
The tableaux are untitled, but the following titles are taken from the advertising for this series published in Nieuwsblad voor den Boekhandelk, 4 October 1860.
Tableau no. 2: 'Willemskerk te 's-Gravenhage'.
Tableau no. 4: 'De Maas te Rotterdam'.
Tableau no. 5: 'Pavilloen in den Hout te Haarlem'.
Tableau no. 8: 'Groenmarkt'.
Tableau no. 12: Gemaskerd Bal'.
Modern red case covered in marbled paper with the erroneous title 'Peep-Show Netherlands c. 1820'.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R. Hyde, Paper Peepshows. The Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection (Woodbridge: The Antique Collectors' Club, 2015), cat. 367.
Video by George Eksts, bringing to life the Masquerade Ball tableau (No. 12. Groot Gemaskerd Bal).
Video by George Eksts bringing to life the Market scene (No. 8. Groenmarkt).






National Art Library; Optical toys

Production Type

Mass produced


National Art Library

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