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Another thread inspired by bits from The Times.

There were notices from time to time about the Panorama in Leicester Square. This is of interest to us because naval battles were featured. This bit from the 2 Feb 1796 edition:

"...It is to be succeeded by a Representation of Admiral Cornwallis's unparalleled Retreat, when with five ships of the line and two frigates, he baffled and beat off 13 French ships of the line and 14 frigates. The period chosen is when the hottest action commenced. When this Painting is in readiness, notice will respectfully be given. Lord Howe's Victory continues open from 10 every morning till dusk. Admittance to each Painting is 1s. The Painting of Lord Howe's Victory will soon finally close, and be succeeded by that of Lord Bridport."

This is an interesting article about panoramas: The Panorama Effect

The first image of the cross seciton is neat. Also, if you scroll down, there is a US Navy related image of the (ahem) "Merrimac" and Monitor panorama exterior structure.

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Here is an image of the entrance to the Panorama

And for those who have read Killigrew and the Sea Devil, here's a picture of Wyld's Great Globe

I've been to Leicester Square. Hard to imagine it sitting there.

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susan wrote:
here's a picture of Wyld's Great Globe




...the interior of the Globe reminds me of the Mother Earth attraction at Epcot (?) .... so maybe it was Disneyworld/land of the 19thC... :lol:

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Mil Goose wrote:
.... so maybe it was Disneyworld/land of the 19thC... :lol:

He should have got together with this guy (from the 3 Nov 1798 edition of The Times):

DRAWING AUTOMATON

THE ANDROIDES, No. 38 NORFOLK-STREET, Strand, are now open in a more perfect and elegant state than they were ever before seen....

...Second, The WRITING and DRAWING AUTOMATON, about the size of a boy of 5 years old, will be brought to a table, and set to write any word, words, or figures. It will then be set to draw the outlines of any of the following beasts, which it executes with a degree of precision and elegance, that, the Proprietor flatters himself, must prove highly pleasing: Lion, Elephant, Bear, Tyger, Camel, Horse, or Stag.

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They could have had some sort of "It's a Small World" thing going. :D

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susan wrote:
Mil Goose wrote:
.... so maybe it was Disneyworld/land of the 19thC... :lol:

He should have got together with this guy (from the 3 Nov 1798 edition of The Times):

DRAWING AUTOMATON

THE ANDROIDES, No. 38 NORFOLK-STREET, Strand, are now open in a more perfect and elegant state than they were ever before seen....

...Second, The WRITING and DRAWING AUTOMATON, about the size of a boy of 5 years old, will be brought to a table, and set to write any word, words, or figures. It will then be set to draw the outlines of any of the following beasts, which it executes with a degree of precision and elegance, that, the Proprietor flatters himself, must prove highly pleasing: Lion, Elephant, Bear, Tyger, Camel, Horse, or Stag.


.... that is all quite amazing, isn't it, for the day and age it was in.



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They could have had some sort of "It's a Small World" thing going. :D


....accompanied by a piece from Mozart, do you think? ;)

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Maillardet's Automaton

The drawing of the ship is pretty cool.

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From the 1 April 1794 edition of The Times:

"PANORAMA, Leicester Square by Royal Patent, is open every day (Sundays excepted) from Ten o'Clock till Four. Admittance One Shilling.

The present Subject, containing above 10,000 Square Feet, is a View of Grand Fleet moored at Spithead, being the Russian Armament in 1791, taken from the Center; together with Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, and entire surrounding Objects."

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From The Times, December 11, 1799:

" ..... PANORAMA, Leicester-Square.... Now open, from 10 in the Morning till Dusk, a correct view of Lord Nelson's Victory at the Nile which, though seen by day-light, appears, as in the Action, at 10 o'clock at Night; the whole seeming lighted only by the fire from the ships, and those blown up and burning; producing an effect seldom seen by the oldest seaman. Seven ships of the line appear close to the observer, and as large as reality. This Painting, from the management of the light and colouring, has an effect equally good on a dark day as it has in sun-shine......Admittance to each Painting, 1s. ......"

.... and compliments of the NMM site, the panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar, the description of which mentions the Nile.

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