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Dissolving views, as the name implies, dissolve into each other. To achieve the changeover we usually need two lanterns, or a double- or triple-lantern, because there are at least two pictures to display; for example one slide depicting a landscape in summer, the other the same landscape in winter.
This is a fine example of a dissolving effect that makes use of only one picture slide. It shows a mountain side from dusk to dawn. The changing view is caused by a coloured strip of glass that one has to slide in and out the wooden frame, thus colouring the clouds from a clear sky to blue to a deep pink. Considering that the picture glass is only 2.5 inches (almost 6.5 cm) in diameter, this piece is a striking example of miniature painting on glass. The frame measures 11 x 4.25 inches (24 x 11 cm).

These are a dissolving pair of slides for use in the Masonic fraternal organization. They are lovely in the colouring and the very Victorian sentiment. "He Cometh forth as a flower" is probably a Biblical reference, as is the "And is cut down.".


Dissolving views of the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea.
Galatea was the ivory creation of a brilliant artist named Pygmalion, who lived on Cyprus. He hated and abhorred women and promised himself that he would never get married. Perhaps in trying to create a perfect woman, Pygmalion sculpted a work of art. The statue he created looked very much alive and he perfected it each and every day until there was nothing left to perfect. The statue was beautiful and Pygmalion fell in love with it. He began to realize how lonely he was when his kisses and caresses where not returned from the inanimate object. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was very much impressed by this original and devoted love and decided to make Pygmalion's wish come true. When Pygmalion returned to his home, he walked over to touch his statue and discovered that it was warm to the touch. So he kissed it, and its lips became soft. His creation was coming to life before his eyes! He joyfully thanked Aphrodite. She was present at their wedding, and Pygmalion and Galatea had two children, Paphus and Metharme.

Framed in mahogany with a label: 'Dr. A. H. Gilson, Quincy, Mass AKA Dr. Gilson Up in Boston'. c. 1860-70. Size 7 x 4 x 3/8"; glass: 3" diameter.


Hand painted magic lantern slipping slide of a building changing from day to night. A very effective and attractive way to produce a dissolving view. (28.5 x 11.5 cm)


Hand-painted dissolving slides of the popular Christian Hymn 'Rock of Ages'.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

The slides were also very popular with religious organisations like the Band of Hope and the Salvation Army who used them to attract people to their meetings.

The slides are produced in a lot of slightly different variations.

Right: Outdoor projection of the Rock of Ages slides on the side of a large building in Melbourne by the Australian Salvation Army, 1894.
These British photographic hand tinted magic lantern slides measure 3.25 inches (8,2 cm) square and probably date from the 1890s. They show Westminster Abbey, London.

The above image of Westminster Abbey is featured in this series of 12 effect slides in slides #7 and #8. It was made by the English company Theobald & Co. in their 'All British T-series'.

Set no 31 consists of three parts, of which this is the second, with 'Day and Night Scenes' of cathedrals. They form 6 pairs of dissolving views.

This set of 'Night and Day' dissolving views was also probably made by Theobald & Co. Part 1 or 3 of set number 31.


A five part dissolving view of a picturesque landscape with a watermill made by Barnard and Son, London. They are titled 'The Saesons' and are numbered 1 - 5.

The round pictures are mounted in a wooden frame.

War and Peace. Two completely different scenes at the same location. The images are from the original illustrations by the famous French printmaker and book illustrator Gustave Dore. Fitted in a wooden frame, marked 'Dissolving Views, a. War, Dore.' and 'Dissolving Views, b. Peace, Dore.'
A fine pair of hand coloured dissolving view magic lantern slides, showing: 'No 1. Roses in Full Bloom' and 'No 2. Roses Withered'.
The slides measure 3 1/4" x 4" (10 x 8 cm).

Excellent hand painted three slide dissolve set of Eddystone Lighthouse, celebrated in folk ballads and seamen's lore. The lighthouse is standing on the Eddystone Rocks, 14 miles off Plymouth, England, in the English Channel.
The slides are labelled 'day' ,'night' and 'storm'. They were made by the famous London slide maker Newton and Co, 3 Fleet street, London. The 3 1/4" slides are set in Mahogany frames measuring 7" x 4".
Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England, seen during the day and at night. English hand painted dissolve set of two 'day and night' slides, dating from the end of the 19th century.
Mounted in a wooden frame, 7" x 4" (18 x 10 cm).
Beautiful 'day and night' dissolve set of St Peter's Church - Rome, #1 Day and #2 Night. Mounted in a wooden frame, 6 7/8" 4" (17.5 x 10 cm).

Nice hand painted dissolve slides of the Changing Seasons, set in mahogany frames measuring 19 x 11 cm.
Eiffel Tower, Paris. Two hand tinted photographic slides, made by W.C. Hughes, London. They measure 7 x 4.5 inches (18 x 11.5 cm) and date from the 1890s.
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