Lantern Slide - 'The Battle of the Baltic', circa 1880-1920 Image Reg. No: MM 111795

Lantern slide inscribed 'The Battle of the Baltic'. 'The Battle of the Baltic' is the title of a patriotic poem written in 1801 by the Scottish poet Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) about the naval Battle of Copenhagen - fought earlier that year between the fleets of Britain and Denmark.

Part of the Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera, acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.
Lantern slide featuring a black and white image printed on glass with black paper edging. A second piece of glass is attached to protect the printed image.
Description Of Content:
Black and white line drawing showing men in battle. The main figures are dressed in rough clothes with neck scarves or large collars. One is wearing a sword; another bears what appears to be a ramrod for loading cannon. They look towards a scene of smoke and flame, though which a ship's rigging is just visible. To their left are several figures including two men wearing naval bicorn hats.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 91 mm (Height), 92 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, illustrations, lantern slides, military history, optical amusements
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battles & battlefields
Inscriptions: Hand written in black ink on a cream label attached to slide: 'The Battle of the Baltic / p252.'
Format: Lantern Slide: Black & White; Unframed (3½ in. x 3½ in.) - Single Image
Date Created: 1880-1920
References: 'Battle of the Baltic (poem)' - Wikipedia, accessed 24/3/2011

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