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P. and J. Dollond

Camera lucida.

London, early 19th century.
Physical Description:
1 camera lucida : brass ; 23 x 7 x 4 cm (unextended)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TS513.C2 D6 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The firm of P. and J. Dollond were important manufacturers of optical and scientific instruments in the 18th and 19th centuries. The firm produced camera lucidas for William Hyde Wollaston, who patented the device in 1806. George Dollond wrote a treatise on the device in: Description of the camera lucida (London, ca. 1830).
The clamp is inscribed: "Dollond, London" and (in a rougher inscription on the reverse) "536, 1."
The device is housed within a velvet lined shagreen-covered case. The case is not original to the device.
Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Camera lucida manufactured by the firm of P. and J. Dollond, London. The device is manufactured in brass, with telescoping arm, two diagonal supports, multi-nurled screw clamps, mounted prism, and hinged enlarging and reducing lenses.
Subject Terms:
Artists' tools -- Specimens.
Optical instruments.
Image-projecting equipment.
Camera lucidas.

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