Figures Walking in a Parkland: An 18th-century Motion Picture

In the late 1700s, Louis Carmontelle became well-known for entertaining guests at the Palais-Royal, the Paris home of Louis-Philippe, duc d'Orleans, with various amusing diversions. One such diversion was the rouleau transparent, or transparent roll, a magic lantern-like device that showed a moving picture. The late 1700s was a time of quasi-scientific interest in optical illusions, and French aristocrats flocked to novelties like this one.