Kaleidoscope, c 1817.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm

Kaleidoscope, c 1817.

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The Kaleidoscope was invented by the scientist Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) in 1817. It consists of a tube with two mirrors placed at an angle so that the effect of multiple reflection is obtained. This produces a regular complex pattern of objects, typically pieces of coloured glas, placed at the base of the mirrors, which changes as the tube is rotates.



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