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Graphic Mirror Pattern Camera Lucida, by Alexander, Exeter, c. 1815

Inventory Number: 14859
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Place Created: Exeter England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1925-16
Brief Description: Brass graphic mirror pattern camera lucida made by Alex. Alexander of Exeter it has a G clamp for table edge; mirrors in prism-shaped housing with a black painted background; three-rod extending arm. This is a modification of the Wollaston camera lucida, which was patented in 1806. It aids the unskilled in drawing, as the eye is enabled to see an image of an object at the same time as a sheet of drawing paper and the pencil. The coat of arms he displays is that of the House of Hanover from 1801 to 1837.
Primary Inscriptions: 'ALEXR ALEXANDER OPTICIAN TO THE KING / EXETER' Parts of the apparatus are also labelled '1', '2' and '3'
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Material(s): Brass
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
252 49 44 mm