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Clark’s Optical Exhibition of Natural Magic.
All prints are produced on handmade paper which resembles the look, feel and weight of paper available during the historical period in which the art has been inspired from. The public in the 18th and early 19th century could be entertained and thrilled by the spectacle of optical shows performed by ‘Natural philosophers’; the title given to the scientific showman and performers who exhibited the wonders of the physical universe and nature, (sometimes fraudulently). As stated in this handbill, Clark’s Optical Natural Magic could be seen at ‘Rackstrow’s Museum of Anatomy and Curiosities’, one of the most infamous museums of its kind in late eighteenth century London. Opened by the Benjamin Rackstrow  (fl. 1748). By the 1780’s Rackstrow’s Museum contained anatomy figures, and other curiosities and spectacle. The text is from an original handbill, while the illustration is an ofgraveconcern

Clark’s Optical Exhibition of Natural Magic.

  • Print
    Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
    Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"

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