Victorian London: Through the Stereoscope

Victorian London: Through the Stereoscope

The Museum of London are hosting Denis Pellerin for an online talk on Wednesday 12th May 2021, 18:30 BST, exploring the history of Stereoscopic photography in Victorian London.

“Join photo historian Denis Pellerin, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, for an online talk and discover what Victorian London was like through the lens of a stereoscope. From the Great Exhibition of 1851 until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Victorians’ main window onto the world was through the oculars of the stereoscope. This optical instrument invented by Charles Wheatstone, gave the illusion of three dimensions from two flat perspectives. Millions of images were made for this device which enabled the middle classes to discover the world as if on a “magic carpet”, without leaving the comfort of their home. Over a century later the stereoscope has become a wonderful “time machine” which allows us not only to step back in time but takes us right into the pictures.”

The talk will last approximately an hour, tickets are £5 each or free for Museum of London’s Friends, they can be purchased online here.

The talk will show images in three different viewing formats on the same screen: side-by-side parallel-view (for either free-viewing or using a viewer, such as the London Stereoscopic Company’s OWLs and a small screen), cross-view for squinters and one mono image on the left (for folks without viewers), so get your viewers ready if you have them! For hints and tips on viewing online 3-D talks, please see this post.

I’m looking forward to the talk (especially as I know some of the beautiful images which will be shown ❤ ) and hope to see you there!

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