Vintage early 1900s hand-drawn lithograph on glass - a British-made magic lantern slide illustrating a scene from the 18th Century Irish novel, The Vicar of Wakefield. This slide is marked with the number "1", and the trade mark of the publisher – the "Union Lantern Bureau" of Liverpool, England. The "1" identifies this slide as the first of the Vicar story line sequence, and shows the Vicar and his family in domestic tranquility as the novel begins.
Written by Irish author Oliver Goldsmith, in 1761 and 1762, and published in 1766, the Vicar of Wakefield was one of the most popular and widely-read novels among 19th Century Victorians. It is a melodrama that follows the misfortunes of a country Vicar and his family as they are reduced to, and rescued from, poverty. Often described as a sentimental novel, the happy ending ultimately restores a belief in the innate goodness of human beings.
Before moving pictures, magic lanterns were used to project on a large screen a series of still images of travel sights, historical events or popular stories - often shown in sequence with the reading of an accompanying text.
Black and white lithograph glass in a metal frame. Measures 3-1/4" x 3-1/4". ---------------------------------------
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