Clark, John Heaviside, ca. 1770-1863, The portable diorama, 1826
- 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 ManuscriptsFlat B 1Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art FundAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Three-Dimensional Artifacts
- 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.
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 toys -- England -- 19th century.
Aquatints -- England -- 19th century.
Watercolors -- England -- 19th century.
Dioramas -- England -- 19th century.
Transparencies -- England -- 19th century.
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