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Playbill - 'Dissolvent Views', Colosseum,London, 1836 Document Reg. No: ST 042344

Playbill for the Colosseum in London for 9 September, 1836. It advertises the upcoming attraction of the 'Dissolvent Views' to be performed by Mr Child, as well as a farce with singing and dancing. There is a possibility that the Mr Child referred to is Henry Langdon Childe, as he is known to have been a lantern slide exhibitor at the Colosseum from its opening in 1824. An English slide-painter, Childe, is sometimes credited with inventing the chromatrope slide and claimed to have invented the dissolving view. He performed at many of the main venues in London, including the Theatre Royal and Her Majesty's Theatre but perhaps most famously at the Royal Polytechnic Institute, which opened in 1838 with Childe's 'grand phantasmagoria'.

This playbill 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.
Single plain sheet of paper with black printing.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 322 mm (Height), 203 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: entertainment, magic lanterns, pre-cinema moving images, dissolving views
Themes this item is part of: Francis Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Performing Arts - Optical Shows
Tertiary Classification: programs
Inscriptions: COLOSSEUM./FOR THE BENEFIT OF/MR. N. GRAVES/Officer to the Colosseum and St. James Theatre./On FRIDAY, Sept. 9th, 1836,/Will be produced, a celebrated/FARCE!/WITH SINGING & DANCING/The whole to conclude with/Mr. CHILD'S/DISSOLVENT VIEWS!
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, 64-5; 67 Pages

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