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Mr. Albert Smith's Ascent of Mont Blanc : in miniature.

[London? : s.n.], [185-?]
Physical Description:
18 slides : col. ; 10 x 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat B 2
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Title from slide.
Slides are hand-colored lantern slides, in wooden box, 21 x 27 x 12 cm. (as issued?).
Smith climbed Mont Blanc in 1851. He produced a entertaining show on the subject and gave his illustrated lecture many times in London's Egyptian Hall between 1852-1858.--cf. Altick, R. Shows of London, p. 475-478.
The slides illustrate the ascent; one shows Smith at the podium giving his lecture. Presumably these slides were produced to capitalize on the popularity of the show; "'The Ascent of Mont Blanc' was one of the biggest hits of the whole Victorian era" (Altick, p. 475).
Cottage of content, or, Toys, games, and amusements of nineteenth century England, 71
Fairman, Elisabeth R. Pleasures and pastimes, 124
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).
Subject Terms:
Blanc, Mont (France and Italy)
Slides (Photography) -- Specimens.
Smith, Albert, 1816-1860.