Camera lucida, 1876.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Camera lucida, 1876.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Diagrams of the components of a camera lucida. The camera lucida, a small hand-held instrument designed for drawing in daylight, was invented by the English optical physicist William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828) in 1806. It uses a prism to concentrate and project the light from an object onto a piece of paper, onto which it can then be traced.

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