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Citizen SpectatorArt, Illusion, and Visual Perception in Early National America$
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Wendy Bellion

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833889

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838907_Bellion

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Looking for the Invisible Lady

Looking for the Invisible Lady

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Citizen Spectator

Wendy Bellion

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the alleged invisible woman that had been discovered in Paris. “You are undoubtedly not yet acquainted with the extraordinary experiment which is publicly displayed in No. 40, in the street of the Priests of St. Germaine l'Auxetrois [sic],” began a letter translated from the Gazette de France. Entering a chamber of this dwelling, the Abbe Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard—a philosopher who directed a renowned institute for deaf-mutes—had encountered an inconspicuous glass chest surrounded by a railing and suspended by chains from the ceiling. “Transparent and penetrable to the eye in its whole extent,” the chest purportedly housed a girl who conversed with her visitors through a horn-shaped tube.

Keywords:   invisible woman, Paris, Gazette de France, Abbe Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard

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