Phenakistoscope of Horserider Jumping a Gate and a child with a hula hoop. Hand coloured after printing. Published by S W Fores, 41 Picadilly, London. 1833. One of four discs for Stroboscope or Fantascope of miscellaneous origin.
This optical toy was invented by the Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau (1801-1883). It is held with the printed side of the disc facing a mirror. When the disc is spun the viewer looks at its reflection through the apertures on the disc's circumference and the drawings appear to move.