Old woman and a monkey, mid 19th century.

Old woman and a monkey, mid 19th century.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm


Magic lantern slide of an elderly woman sitting in a red chair, engrosed in her knitting. Behind her, a monkey perches on the back of the chair and is reaching out to touch the top of her bonnet with one hand. Magic lantern shows began towards the end of the 17th century but only became more widespread and popular in the 19th century with the improvement in lamp sources. The shows could range from simple didactic presentations (a favourite topic was the demon drink) to sophisticated shows using double or triple lanterns to produce moving and disolving images on the screen and, in the case of Phantasmagoria, an eerie, magical experience.

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