Stereoscope

1901 (made)
Stereoscope thumbnail 1
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122b
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This stereoscope is typical of those used in Victorian homes for education and amusement. Stereographs were placed in the holder and then adjusted until the viewer saw the three dimensional effect. The strereograph is made from two photographs of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. An illusion of perspective and depth is achieved when the two images combine as seen through the stereoscope.

Materials & Making
Various types of stereoscopes were devised in the 19th century. This particular hand-held variety, based on a design by the inventor Oliver Wendell Holmes, was perhaps the most readily available and the simplest.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oak, tin, glass and velvet
Brief Description
Victorian stereoscope, made by Underwood and Underwood, 1901, New York
Marks and Inscriptions
Stamped: SUN SCULPTURE / U&U/ TRADEMARK / MAN'F'D BY / UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD / NEW YORK / PATENTED JUNE 11, 1901 / FOREIGN PATENTS / APPLIED FOR
Gallery Label
British Galleries: STEREOSCOPE AND STEREOGRAPHS Various dates, 1854-1901
This stereoscope is typical of those used in Victorian homes for education and amusement. Stereographs (paired photographs taken from slightly different angles) were placed in the holder and then adjusted until the viewer saw the scene in three dimensions.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Stereoscope made by Underwood & Underwood, New York, U.S.A.
Summary
Object Type
This stereoscope is typical of those used in Victorian homes for education and amusement. Stereographs were placed in the holder and then adjusted until the viewer saw the three dimensional effect. The strereograph is made from two photographs of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. An illusion of perspective and depth is achieved when the two images combine as seen through the stereoscope.

Materials & Making
Various types of stereoscopes were devised in the 19th century. This particular hand-held variety, based on a design by the inventor Oliver Wendell Holmes, was perhaps the most readily available and the simplest.
Collection
Accession Number
E.27-2000

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record createdMay 30, 2000
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