kaleidoscope – guest post by Natasha Lester

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Kaleidoscope means, literally, ‘observer of beautiful forms’ and was named by the inventor, scientist David Brewster.

From Greek, kalos, ‘beautiful’, plus eidos ‘shape’ and skopos, scope, ‘aim, target, object of attention, to view’.

(Image: V&A Collection: detail from floor-spread, quilted cotton embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped thread, Deccan, mid 18th century)

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