Man and a standing lion, mid 19th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm

Man and a standing lion, mid 19th century.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Magic lantern slide of a man on one knee holding a hoop aloft. Behind him is a lion, standing on its hind legs. 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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