Stereograph by James Elliott entitled 'Mary, Queen of Scots, A Prisoner'. Great Britain, ca. late 19th century.
Size of card height: 8.5cm
Making It Up: Photographic Fictions (2018)
As in today’s period dramas, the sets, props and costumes used to stage this moment from history would have transported viewers to another time and place. The experience would have been particularly immersive when seen in three dimensions through a stereoscope.
Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014):
Probably John Reynolds
The Angel's Whisper
James Elliott (1835–1903)
Mary Queen of Scots. A Prisoner
Woman selling apples from a basket
Probably Martin Laroche (1810–86)
Frogs playing pool and smoking clay pipes
A stereograph is a pair of photographic images of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. This gives the illusion of a three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope. These optical devices occupied a place in the drawing room, as a television might today, providing entertainment that was both amusing and instructive. Stereographs were the most popular outlet for staged and narrative photography in the 19th century.
Museum nos. 107, 113, 124, 127, 147-1957, 679-1943
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