Camera obscura

Made:
1701-1752

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Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of Scioptric ball, Camera obscura, dated before 1753, circa 1701-1752, Convex mirror on stand dated 1752 and
Science Museum Group Collection
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Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Camera obscura, before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument in the 18th century. A lens in the
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Camera obscura, maker unknown, before 1753.

Camera obscura made before 1753. The camera obscura was a popular sketching instrument during the eighteenth century. A lens in the draw tube and a mirror at 45 degrees to the horizontal focussed the image onto a ground glass screen on the top of the box. A piece of paper was put onto the screen and the image was copied directly. This camera obscura is thought to have once belonged to Stephen Demainbray who used it in his lectures on natural philosophy. Demainbray worked as superintendent at the King's observatory at Kew from 1768 and his collection of instruments and apparatus was absorbed into the King's own collection. A second camera obscura was itemised in the Queen's Catalogue and recorded as having been placed there by Her Majesty.

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1139
Materials:
brass, glass, incomplete, not recorded, oak and paper (fibre product)
type:
optical drawing aid - camera obscura
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical drawing aid
credit:
King's College, London

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