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Prince of Wales - Britain's democratic heir to the throne, visits New York

Prince of Wales - Britain's democratic heir to the throne, visits New York

Photographer: Underwood and Underwood

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1919

Shelfmark: Photo 180/(38)

Item number: 18038

Length: 8.8

Width: 17.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stereoscopic pair of photographs taken by Underwood & Underwood in c.1900, showing a portrait of the Prince of Wales on a visit to New York during a royal tour. The prints are included at the end of a collection of stereoscopic views of Burma, one of a series of “stereoscopic tours” of foreign countries published as part of the Underwood Travel Library. Each pair of views, made using a special camera with two lenses, is mounted on stout card for insertion in a stereoscope or binocular viewer. Stereoscopic views became enormously popular in the mid-19th century as they enabled observers to imagine that they were really “touring” around distant parts of the world. A stereoscope produces the illusion of a single three-dimensional image in the mind of the observer by using the binocular function of human sight to combine the two images, which are seen from fractionally different viewpoints.

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