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Programme - D.W. Noakes, 'Syllabus of Dioramic Lectures', circa 1890s Document Reg. No: ST 042240

A Syllabus of Dioramic Lectures by D.W. Noakes. It includes a lecture titled 'England Bisected by a Steam Launch'. Noakes reportedly delivered this lecture to an audience of 1,500 people at the Crystal Palace, London in 1891. The photographic images were taken by Noakes himself on a journey he undertook from London to the Midlands and handcoloured by 'the most artistic colourist'.

Noakes was a well known English lanternist at the turn of the 19th century, performing at the Albert Hall and the Crystal Palace. His best known magic lantern was a quadruple lantern, which was dubbed the 'Noakescope' after his death.

As well as being a showman, Noakes manufactured magic lanterns and had his own optical business in Nelson Street, Greenwich from 1890. This business was taken over by a G.P. Normand in 1897 and renamed Noakes & Norman.

This programme is 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.
Booklet of 19 pages. Embossed beige paper cover.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 180 mm (Height), 123 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: entertainment, lantern slides, pre-cinema moving images
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Performing Arts - Dioramas & Panoramas
Tertiary Classification: programs
Inscriptions: Title page - within border;
Syllabus/OF/Dioramic Lectures/GIVEN BY/ MR. D.W. NOAKES./"Pleydell,"/ HUMBER ROAD, WESTCOMBE PARK,/LONDON, S.E.

At Bottom of Page;
E.G. BERKYMAN & SONS, Printers, Blackheath Road, S.E.
Author: Mr David Noakes, England, Great Britain, circa 1891
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1990
  1. [Book], Stephen Herbert, Richard Crangle, David Robinson, Encyclopaedia of the Magic Lantern, The Magic Lantern Society, 2001, 2001, 120 Pages
  2. [Book], Stephen Herbert, Richard Franklin, Dennis Crompton, Servants of Light: The Book of the Lantern, The Magic Lantern Society, 1997, 1997, 210 Pages
  3. [Book], M. Wolff, H. Dyos, The Victorian City, Routledge & K. Paul, London, 1973, 1973, 240 Pages

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