London to Hong Kong in two hours

a moving Victorian panorama

Introduction

Departure from Tower Bridge
Departure from Tower Bridge
Greenwich and London Docks
Greenwich and London Docks

The moving panorama was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian times. This panorama, which is about 50 metres long, was painted in about 1860 by my great-great grandfather, John Lamb primus, and his son, John Lamb secundus.

It was bequeathed to me by my grandfather, Edgar Lamb, shortly before his death in 1963. He wished it to remain in the family, and he hoped that it could be shown to a wide audience. He described how to make a suitable proscenium for it.  The panorama was carefully kept at home, although it was shown to family and visitors only occasionally because of its size and fragility.

Edgar Lamb’s daughter, Violet Lamb (my aunt) had the idea that it should be housed in a museum, and so in 1983, it was enthusiastically received by the Museum of London, where it continues to be safely stored.

I confess I never followed my grandfather’s suggestions to build the proscenium, and so this website is a very belated attempt to fulfil his wishes in a more contemporary way. Below, you can view a new video of the panorama, made from transparencies taken for the Sehsucht exhibition, Bonn 1993.

Bon voyage!

David Brill

Tilbury Fort
Tilbury Fort
Website © David Brill 2017                  Photographs © David and Assia Brill, Museum of London 2017
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