Moving Panoramas c. 1800 to 1840: The Spaces of Nineteenth-Century Picture-Going

John Plunkett
  • 19 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, October 2013, Open Library of Humanities
  • DOI: 10.16995/ntn.674

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This article argues for the importance of a spatial approach in uncovering and examining the substantial exhibition history of optical and visual media between 1820 and 1914. Its key contention is that the development of industries of touring and local entertainments, lectures, spectacles, and exhibitions, each with its own distinct, but overlapping institutional practices, cannot be understood without reference to the opportunities and challenges presented by the world beyond celebrated metropolitan shows. The article particularly focuses on the exhibition of panoramas and dioramas in the South West of the UK between 1820 and 1840.

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