Large magic lantern, 18th century.

 
Large magic lantern, 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Description

This large magic lantern was made of tin and contained a candle illuminant. Such lanterns were used in phantasmagoria shows where 'magical' appearances of ghosts and phantoms were projected onto screens amidst smoke.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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