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Catoptric Anamorphosis of a Squirrel

Published by Walter Frères - r. Paradis Pre 28, Paris

c. 1865-1875

Hand-colored lithograph

Image: 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches (15.9 x 19.1 cm) Sheet: 6 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches (16.8 x 20 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Margaretta S. Hinchman Fund, 1965

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Relics of the Renaissance curiosity cabinet and of the earliest experiments with optical devices, sets of printed anamorphic transformation cards began to be produced during the nineteenth-century for home diversion. Box sets were sold with reflective cylinders called anamorphic scopes into which the viewer must look to properly see the image that appears distorted on each sheet.

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