Old woman and monkey, magic lantern slide, 19th century.

 
Old woman and monkey, magic lantern slide, 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
39cm
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm

Description

Magic lantern slide of a mischievous monkey which has removed the bonnet the woman was wearing, to reveal her bald head. 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.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10433667

© National Museum of Science & Media / Science & Society Picture Library

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