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Auguste Edouart 
The Magic Lantern 
1835 (ca) 
  
Cut paper and wash 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Bequest of Mary Martin, 1938, Accession Number: 38.145.392 
  
 
LL/104618 
  
One of the most proficient silhouette artists of the nineteenth century, Auguste Edouart discovered his skill at paper cutting only after resigning his post in Napoleon's defeated army and moving to England. He delighted in showing off his abilities by representing a range of ages and social types, as in this complex composition featuring three generations of one family, together with their servants and pet dog. A "Galantee" showman performs a magic lantern show-in which images painted on glass are projected onto a screen through an illuminated lens-while an old man with a wooden leg provides musical accompaniment on a barrel organ. The cut figures are set within an elaborate curtained interior painted in sepia. 
 

 
  
 
  
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