Filoscope: David Devant The Mysterious Rabbit

Made:
c. 1896 in London
maker:
Henry W Short
and
Unknown

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Optical toy: A filoscope with printed kinetic photographic subject 'David Devant - The Mysterious Rabbit' with picture sheets numbered 3 - 124.

These pictures were originally produced by R W Paul around July 1896 for cinematographic projection. Devant's autobiography described the rabbit trick as 'the first animated picture ever taken of a performer...shot by R W Paul on the roof of the Alhambra Theatre... This picture wsa reproduced in a little device called the Filiscope [sic].'

Invented by Robert W Paul's (1869-1943) cameraman, Henry W Short, this was a small hand-held flip-book device, using a lever to flip over separate pictures to give the illusion of movement. Each filoscope contained a hundred or so frames reproduced from a professional film, many of them by Paul. They were marketed from 1897 onwards by the Anglo-French Filoscope Syndicate.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1993-5011/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy) and paper (fibre product)
type:
optical toy
credit:
Christie's

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