eidophusikon

The Eidophusikon (Greek: Ειδωφυσικον) was a piece of art, no longer extant, created by 18th century English painter Philip James de Loutherbourg. It opened in Leicester Square in February 1781.
Viewing area was 2 x 2.5 meters. Included movable overhead lighting, use of coloured glass, canvas painted on both sides.
Described by the media of his day as "Moving Pictures, representing Phenomena of Nature", the Eidophusikon can be considered an early form of movie making. The effect was achieved by mirrors and pulleys.
A small exhibition centered on his Eidophusikon can currently be seen at The Huntington Library.
There is a watercolor of the Eidophusikon by Edward Francis Burney at the British Museum, London.eidophusikon_s.gif

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