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Le vampire.
[Paris?] : [François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux?], [approximately 1825?]
Physical Description:
1 écran-panorama ; screen 24 x 21 cm, height 40 cm inclusive of wooden handle
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Folio A 2016 9a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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"[The] 'panorama handscreen' or 'mechanical screen fan' ... was a French invention that appeared in the 1820s, and was sold at shops specializing in optical toys, jewelry, paintings, and fashionable furniture. One of the most famous was Giroux near the Palais-Royal ... Some surviving examples of the panorama handscreen bear the label of Giroux. It identifies the product as écran-panorma and mentions that it has been patented ..."--Huhtamo.
"The écran-panorama has an illustrated cardboard frame with a cutout window, attached to an elegantly turned wooden or ivory handle. A roll of translucent pictures, enclosed in cylindrical containers on both sides of the window, is operated by two knobs. Various designs and subjects are known, which points to a significant volume of production ..."--Huhtamo.
Huhtamo, E. Illusions in motion, pages 48-49
Écran-panorama (or panorama handscreen) depicting scenes from Le vampire, a play by Charles Nodier first staged in 1820. Nodier's play was based on "The Vampyre" (1819), a short story by John William Polidori, sometimes attributed to Lord Byron. The panorama consists of five panels, four of which depict scenes from three acts and a prologue. These are preceded by a panel naming "Lord Byron," with his portrait. The panoramic strip is framed by a screen that depicts the interior of a theater, with an orchestra (in pit) before the stage.
Subject Terms:
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824.
Nodier, Charles, 1780-1844. Vampire.
Polidori, John William, 1795-1821. Vampyre.
Theater -- France -- 19th century.
Etchings -- Hand-colored -- 1825.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1825.
Giroux, François-Simon-Alphonse, -1848, publisher.

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