Advertisement for the Lumieres' Cinematographe, 1896.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured lithograph, signed Duzol. The audience are watching the film, 'L'Arroseur Arrose', in which a mischievous boy steps off a hose-pipe when the gardener examines the nozzle of his hose to see why the water has stopped. Auguste Lumiere (1862-1954) and his brother Louis (1865-1948) invented the 'Cinematographe', in 1895. This was the first machine to project images onto a screen. In the same year, they built the first cinema in Lyons, France, and by December they had succesfully hosted their first show to a paying audience in Paris.