Week 51

Laterna magica

With a laterna magica, which projects onto a wall, a picture is shown of busy thieves enriching themselves while a policeman has fallen asleep. A satire on the police in a series of seven broadsheets entitled Kjøbenhavns Skilderie (Pictures of Copenhagen), engraved in 1787 by J.F. Clemens after a drawing by Nicolai Abildgaard.
Prints and Photograph Section