'Horisontorium', 1822.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

'Horisontorium', 1822.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Hand coloured lithograph with paper viewing flap attached with sewing, published by I Dickinson (114 New Bond Street, London). An horisontorium is an optical device, similar to an anamorphosis, which is a distorted image that appears corrected when viewed in a particular way. A scene of a roadside cottage behind a church tower is shown with a woman and child at the door and animals and a soldier nearby, all drawn in distorted perspective. The viewing point is centrally marked. The viewer peers through a hole in the attached flap, whilst keeping the image flat, to view the image with a 3-D effect.

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