Praxinoscope, 1877.

 
Praxinoscope, 1877.
4 0 c m
 
34cm
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Description

Replica. Invented by the French artist, Emile Reynaud (1844-1918) in 1877, the Praxinoscope is a simple scientific toy that makes still pictures come to life. It does not project light - it reflects it. The lamp is surrounded by a ring of pictures, showing an object at different stages of movement. The pictures face inwards, and opposite each one is a mirror. By turning a handle, the ring of pictures revolve and, if made to revolve fast enough, the separate reflections in each mirror appear to merge, giving the appearance of movement.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10232386

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

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