Lantern slide: Scene from 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from 'The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen', painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides.
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from 'The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen', painted by an unknown artist ad shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London in about 1860.
The Adventures are a series of fantastical stories told by Baron Münchausen, a boastful man given to wild exaggeration. The stories were first published in 1785 in a booklet called 'Baron Münchausen's Narrative of His Marvelous Travels and Campaigns in Russia' written by Rudolph Erich Raspe (1737-1794).
The Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, London, was renowned for its spectacular magic lantern shows employing as many as six huge lanterns projecting large, hand-painted slides eight inches (20.3 cm) by five inches (12.7 cm).
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- The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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