1. The Magic Lantern.
This dioramic print shows a man projecting images using a hand-held magic lantern loaded with a rectangular glass slide. A ghostly outline of a picture appears on the fabric screen behind him. When a source of illumination is placed behind the print, an image of a fiddling devil, his assistant the imp, and a dancing African in knee breeches appears. This second subject was painted on a thin semi-translucent paper pasted on the back of the larger sheet.
Dioramic prints were introduced in London in 1821 by the French photographer
Joseph Daguerre. For home viewing on table-top devices, the publisher
William Spooner published at least thirty-seven under the series title, Spooner's
Protean Views. The subjects were generally pictures of famous
buildings, such as the Eddystone Lighthouse seen at different times
of day, or of a view that changed into
a completely different one, such as Greenwich Hospital transformed
into the Battle of Trafalgar. To see a Spooner dioramic
and Beverley’s Optical Toys site displays the one of Mt.