A suitor falling into a barrel of water, mid 19th century.

 
A suitor falling into a barrel of water, mid 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

Magic lantern slide of a man who has fallen into a huge barrel full of water. He is holding a guitar in his hand and there is a a smiling woman looking out of the window. Another slide shows him balancing on the barrel as he serenades the woman. 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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10433682

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

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