Hayling Island, The Solent, Hampshire, as Stanhope microphotographs.
1860 - 1900
Bone, Glass, Metal, Pencil lead
110 x 8 mm
Fox Talbot Museum, Wiltshire
A carved bone pencil Stanhope, with microphotographic wet plate collodion images on glass, mounted behind a magnifying lens. There are 5 images of Hayling Island, The Solent, Hampshire. The images are contained in the carved hand at the top of the bone handle. The handle has cut out carving and a carving depicting a hand. The pencil lead is contained in the metal housing which has a propelling action. A Stanhope is an optical device that enables the viewing of microphotographs without using a microscope. Invented by René Dagron in 1857, Stanhopes bypassed the need for an expensive microscope to view the microscopic photographs by attaching the microphotograph at the end of a modified Stanhope lens (Charles Stanhope was the originator of the lens).