Woman with drink in rocking chair, c 1895.
4 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Woman with drink in rocking chair, c 1895.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Victorian magic lantern slide - 'The Story of A Crime', 'a moral tale of a woman, Margaret Bell, who is driven to drink, prison, and ultimately her death, by personal misfortune. A woman is sitting on a rocking chair at a table, deep in thought, holding a glass of liquid. There is also a jug on the table. 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 dissolving images on the screen and, in the case of Phantasmagoria, an eerie, magical experience.
 

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10436551
 

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