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Praxinoscope theatre, French, 1879.

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Praxinoscope theatre, French, 1879.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


This was a development of Emile Reynaud's (1844-1918) Praxinoscope and incorporated a panel cut in the shape of a proscenium arch. Only one figure reflected in the mirror drum could be seen through the aperture, which was covered with a piece of glas reflecting one of a range of printed scenes placed inside the lid. Thus the 'moving' figure appeared superimposed on an appropriate scene. Reynaud went on to patent his 'Theatre Optique' in 1888. This was a large-scale adaptation of his Praxinoscope. A band of sequential pictures painted on a flexible strip was reeled through projection apparatus and projected on a large screen.

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