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A geographical panorama exhibiting characteristic representations of the scenery and inhabitants of various regions.

London : Harvey & Darton, 1822.
Physical Description:
1 diorama (various pieces) : paper, col. ; in box 27 x 30 x 9 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 G41 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Title and publishing information from label on box.
In wooden box with sliding lid, as issued.
Consists of model stage (actually the underside of the removable sliding lid) and 30 pieces of scenery, including 9 background scenes (23 x 28 cm.).
Some of the background scenes and the figures are after engravings in the Atlas volume of A voyage to the Pacific ocean / by James Cook. London, 1784.
Cottage of content, or, Toys, games, and amusements of nineteenth century England, 5
Selected exhibitions: “The Cottage of Content : or, Toys, Games, and Amusements of Nineteenth Century England" (Yale Center for British Art, November 2 - December 31, 1977).
BAC: British Art Center copy includes a manuscript "Description of the panorama" on 8 pages (2 sheets), written in black ink. The first sheet bears an unidentified blind stamp at upper left. It's possible that the text is copied from a printed description, now lost. The descriptions provide straightforward accounts of each of the nine background scenes, e.g., for Scene 1: "A scene in the desert, camels watering in the background near two tombs. 1. The camel. This useful animal is invaluable to people who are obliged to make long journeys across the desert ..."
Subject Terms:
Geographical recreations -- Specimens.
Harvey & Darton -- Publisher.
Voyages and travels.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1822.
Cook, James, 1728-1779. Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

Cottage of Content, or, Toys, Games, and Amusements of Nineteenth Century England (Yale Center for British Art, November 2, 1977-December 31, 1977) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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