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Choreutoscope, England, c. 1866

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Inventory Number: 96126
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1962-109
Brief Description: A black Choreutoscope featuring six sequential images of a dancing skeleton on a glass lantern slide mounted on a wooden frame. There is a gold and wood handle protruding from the front of the device for moving the pictures in and out.

The Choreutoscope is a mechanical lantern slide which uses a Maltese-cross mechanism, operated by a small handling, which draws a glass slide across a window, while a synchronized guillotine shuts out the light in between frames. The result is the projection on a screen of an animated image, in this case a dancing skeleton.

The Choreutoscope is the first pre-cinema device to use the same mechanical principle as the Cinematograph, an early film camera and projector.
Provenance: Presented by A. C. Hyde Parker.
Collection Group:
Material(s): metal
copper alloy
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
112 361 72 mm


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