Polyrama Panoptique

Made:
c. 1850 in France
maker:
Unknown

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Polyorama Panoptique with three views
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Polyorama Panoptique
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Polyrama Panoptique. A paper covered wooden box with sliding lens panel connected by paper covered cloth bellows. Hinged lid and back is coupled by wire strut to permit change from frontal to back lighting. The underside of the lid is covered in gold foil. Sold by J Arnold's Wholesale Retail & Export Toy, Archery & Fancy Warehouse, 38 King William Street, London Bridge. With six transparencies. 'POLYORAMA PANOPTIQUE/BREVET D' INVENTION 3Che du Gouvt' stamped in gold lettering on lid.

The Polyrama Panoptique, made in France from 1849.

The Polyorama Panoptique, was made in France from 1849 onwards.The Polyrama Panoptique was a miniature version of a diorama, originally invented by Pierre Seguin. The viewer looked through the lens at a thin paper transparency inside. The transparency was printed on both sides with different scenes or details. By operating the hinged shutter, the viewer could alternatively light the transparency from the front or the rear, producing a variety of transformations, sometimes involving movement.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/3101
Materials:
cardboard, gold foil, mahogany (wood), paper (fibre product), textile, white metal (unknown)
type:
polyrama panoptique
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image viewing equipment
  • optical toy
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image viewing equipment
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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