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Lantern Slides - Series, 'Cook's Excursion Through China', Lantern Show, circa 1878 Image Reg. No: MM 031942

Incomplete set of 47 painted slides. The set was used in magic lantern lectures to 'illustrate the scenery, customs, arts, manufactures, religious ceremonies and political institutions' of China and its people.

The set is accompanied by a note book of descriptive hand written notes, grouped under the headings for 40 slides. Relevant slides would be shown at appropriate times during the lecture presentation.

These lantern slides are 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.
Each slide is of the standard 3.25 inch size. The majority contain circular hand coloured images. Two images are rectangular.
Description Of Content:
Cook's Excursion Through China - LS 415-462 (47 slides). Maps, views of cities, country, religious and secular architecture, as well as domestic interiors and people at work 'illustrate the scenery, customs, arts, manufactures, religious ceremonies and political institutions' of China and its people.
Acquisition Information:
Loan & Subsequent Donation from Australian Film Institute (AFI)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 82 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: chinese communities, lantern slides
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Francis Collection
Primary Classification: PHOTOGRAPHY
Secondary Classification: Images (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Many of the slides have a sticker in the top right margin with a hand written number. Hand written title stickers are found on the top left of many slides.
Format: Lantern Slide: Hand Coloured; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Collector: Mr David Francis, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1991

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