As a special highlight to this year’s presentations, Judson will project the never-before-seen original art by Joseph Boggs Beale—wash drawings depicting the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner. In addition, the original works will be on view and a rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner will play during the projections, in commemoration of the War of 1812.
The magic lantern is the earliest form of a slide projector, featuring a concave mirror behind a light source that gathers light and projects it through a slide painted with an image. The first published image of the device appeared in the late 1600s. Images were painted on glass and projected on walls, cloth drapes and, sometimes, on a wet cloth from behind the "screen". To see images appear from a lantern or onto a screen, was "magical" during this time period. Magic lantern shows were enjoyed around the world for more than 300 years, but are not often seen today.Both Magic Lantern Shows are included with museum admission. For more information call 210.357.1900 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 210.357.1900 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.wittemuseum.org.