Les animated photographs de David Devant (février 1900)

Si David Devant s'occupe depuis plusieurs mois de la Markelyne and Cooke's Provincial Company, il organise cependant une séance de vues animées à Clewer, au cours du mois de février de 1900. Les projections ont lieu au Royal Albert Institute et sont organisées par le St. Andrew's Convalescent Hospital, une institution fondée en 1866. La soirée, outre les films, comprend également des numéros musicaux et vocaux :

The second part of the programme consisted of a series of Mr. David Devant's animated photographs from Maskelyne and Cooke's at the Egyptian Hall, and, as they were nearly all of a military character and having reference to the present war, aroused the patriotism of the audience to a very high pitch. After two or three humorous pictures, others wore shown representing the Queen reviewing the Guards at the Windsor Cavalry Barracks, troops embarking at Southampton, Sir Redvers Buller embarking, the "Handy Man," namely, our sailors embarking on board ship, Lord Wolseley and Sir Donald Currie inspecting the Roslin Castle, the Kinfauns Castle transport, President Kruger leaving the Volksraad in his state carriage, mules crossing the Modder River, Highlanders crossing Molder River on their way to Magersfontein, a skirmish between Boer and Briton, and "Sisters of the Red Cross" at work on the battlefield, and the hospital trains. Each picture was received with cheers with the exception of that of Kruger, which came in for violent hissing, while the portraits of "Bobs" (Lord Roberts) and Lord Kitchener were greeted with enthusiasm, which increased with the last picture, a portrait of the Queen being shown. Suitable music to the photographs was played by the Life Guards Band.

Windsor and Eton Express, Saturday 17 February 1900, p. 5.

Parmi les vues proposées, un certain nombre sont directement en relation avec la guerre du Transvaal dans laquelle est directement impliquée l'Angleterre. Le journaliste pointe, de façon intéressante, la réaction du public, en particulier lors de la projection de la vue où apparaît Paul Kruger. Il va de soi que les spectateurs ne peuvent que réagir négativement à l'apparation de cette figure ennemie. La séance s'achève par de nouveaux numéros musicaux.