Fire at the Tower of London, mid 19th century.
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actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Fire at the Tower of London, mid 19th century.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Magic lantern slide showing the Great Fire of London raging, watched by a huge crowd of people. Although the fire reached the gates, the Tower survived. 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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