History of Science Museum: Collection Database Search

Record Details

Home-Made Card Thaumotrope of Cat and Dog, Early 19th Century

preview image for Home-Made Card Thaumotrope of Cat and Dog, Early 19th Century
Inventory Number: 59210
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1977-17/1
Brief Description: A home-made thaumatrope made from black paper cut-outs stuck to each side of a white card. On one side the figure of a cat, on the other side the figure of a dog. Some detailing of the figures is in brown watercolour. String at each end of the card allows the rotation of the card on its axis. When the disk is quickly rotated, the two images appear to combine into one due to the persistence of vision.

Thaumatrope is a philosophical game created in 1825 by English doctor John Ayrton Paris (1785-1856). It was the first instrument made in order to show the persistence of the vision.

Paris’s philosophy in sport made science in earnest, first published in 1827, expounded his belief that scientific learning in children could be stimulated through a combination of amusement and instruction, using demonstrational toys such as the Thaumatrope.
Provenance: Presented by R. Warner in 1977.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
113 76 mm


Image with multimedia irn 49887Image with multimedia irn 49888

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/59210