Friday, August 17, 2007

The Goblin Court

"A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide, painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London in about 1860. This slide is from 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' by Charles Dickens (1812-1870), a popular tale shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institute over Christmas. It would be used with a second, background slide. When shown together they would give an illusion of movement. 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' appears in 'The Pickwick Papers'. It is similar to Dicken's later story 'A Christmas Carol'. Told at a Christmas party it tells how Gabriel Grubb, a drunken, cruel man who hates everyone, is visited one Christmas Eve by goblins. They torment him and show him scenes of the happy domestic life from which his actions exclude him. Learning from this lesson, Gabriel Grubb changes his ways and goes on to lead a long and happy life The Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street, London, was renowned for its spectacular magic lantern shows" - quote and images found here and here.

More works by this unknown artist can be found here. There's a lot of other fantastic imagery collected at, here is a good place to start.

1 comment:

Luke Pski said...