Woman beating a boy with a stick, mid 19th century.
3 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 31cm

Woman beating a boy with a stick, mid 19th century.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Magic lantern slide of an elderly woman, who has got hold of a red-haired boy and is beating his behind with a stick. Magic lantern shows began towards the end of the 17th century but only became more widespread and popular in the 19th century with the improvement in lamp sources. The shows could range from simple didactic presentations (a favourite topic was the demon drink) to sophisticated shows using double or triple lanterns to produce moving and disolving images on the screen and, in the case of Phantasmagoria, an eerie, magical experience.
 

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10433636
 

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