Magic Lantern Slide: Doll Series - The Cake Walk

William Weaver Baker and his wife Lily were keen amateur photographers who lived in Exeter for much of their married life. This slide is part of a set they created probably around the years 1910-1915 which features dolls in costumes and scenarios. This tableau composition is taken from a theatrical style with actors in static poses, which was adopted by photographers in Victorian and Edwardian England. Somewhat bizarrely, this image shows three dolls dressed as clowns doing a dance called the Cake Walk. It seems to be related to another slide called ‘The Banjo Solo’ (313/1977/236).

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
glasspaperphotographic emulsion
Common Name
Magic Lantern Slide: Doll Series - The Cake Walk
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
handwritten 'The Cake Walk -- Pierrot Dolls.' on mount
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914); World War I (1914-1918); Inter War (1918-1939)
Production Country
United Kingdom
Production Person Initials
W. Weaver
Production Person Surname

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Lantern Slide: The Cake Walk