Magic lantern, c 1830.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Magic lantern, c 1830.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This magic lantern is shown with its side door open. Magic lantern shows began towards the end of the 17th century but only became more widespread in the 19th century with the improvement in lamp sources. The shows could range from simple didactic performances to sophisticated shows using double or triple lanterns to produce the appearance of moving and disolving images.

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