Book titled 'Magic Lantern Dissolving View Painting' by Charles Middleton, 1876. It is a treatise on the art of glass slide painting. It incorporates such topics as the materials required, techniques of painting and obtaining effects, use of different paint types and the tinting photographic slides. It includes coloured examples. The back pages feature the type of painting supplies offered by Brodie & Middleton, including outlined glass slides ready for painting.

Charles Middleton was listed as an artist in the 1871 census and was the son of Thomas John Middleton, a partner in the London firm Brodie and Middleton from 1854. Brodie & Middleton were colourmen and printers' suppliers established in London circa 1840. The company was still in operation as at 2009.

This book 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.

Physical Description

Book with faded embossed cover. Title in gilt. Thirty-one numbered pages of text. Includes unnumbered pages: image and contents page at front, eight pages of available supplies for glass slide painting by Brodie & Middleton.

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