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Clark, John Heaviside, ca. 1770–1863
The portable diorama.
London : Samuel Leigh, 1826.
Physical Description:
1 set (12 pictures) : aquatint, watercolor ; 10 3/8 x 13 1/8 x 4 7/8 in.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat B 1
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Visual delights two, p. 187-188
Stafford, B. Devices of wonder, p. 327-329
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete, in original decorated wooden box. BAC has two copies of the accompanying text: NC795 .C58 1826 (copies 1 and 2).
Optical entertainment consisting of a lacquered and decorated two-piece wooden box containing a wooden viewing frame with a pull-down screen and 12 scenes adhered to wooden frames. Six scenes depict foregrounds, while the six others depict background skies. Nine of the scenes are hand-colored aquatints and three are watercolors. Users may combine one foreground image with one background to create a composite scene, to be illuminated from behind with a lamp (not provided).
Accompanied by the publication: The amateur's assistant, or, A series of instructions in sketching from nature: the application of perspective, tinting of sketches, drawing in water-colours, transparent painting &c. &c. to accompany the subjects which form The portable diorama by John Clark (London: Samuel Leigh, 1826). The booklet offers instructions on how to convert any sketch into a finished transparency.
Optical toys -- England -- 19th century.
Aquatints -- England -- 19th century.
Watercolors -- England -- 19th century.
Dioramas -- England -- 19th century.
Transparencies -- England -- 19th century.
Transparent prints.
Leigh, Samuel, publisher.

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