This is a Delineascope – Model O/J, Number 2379, known as a Magic Lantern Projector.
The box-shaped body is made of black painted metal. At the front of the body is the projecting lens surrounded in silver chrome attached to a section of accordion-folded cardboard, allowing the lens to extend from the body. The mechanism to support the extension goes along the sides of the base. The lantern slide holder would be inserted in a rectangular section between the lens and body.

The top of the box is a removable lid. The bottom of the box acts as a stand with a two-legged stand at the middle and an extended plate around the lens. The projector would have been connected to power at the bottom rear. Meanwhile, the interior has a bulb at the rear which projects the slides. There are two curved lenses in front of it which enlarge the image. The projector is stored in a black box with a removable lid and buckled leather straps to keep it safe.

Projector: Height 225mm; Width 120mm; Depth 325mm.


The Delineascope was used by the Department of Art History and Theory to project the images on glass-plate lantern slides onto screens, allowing students to see images of artworks they were studying in class. This model was probably available in the 1930s but may have been used at the College for decades before being placed in storage.

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CCS0048 – Lantern slide projector