William Godwin's Diary


The Poecilorama was one of several devices that cropped up at the beginning of the nineteenth century having names with the suffix ‘-orama’. This mimetic device achieved its effects by individual windows with lenses that allowed the viewer to privately observe a moving scene, generally depicting natural phenomena or atmospheric change. It opened at the Egyptian Hall in 1826 and featured oil paintings commissioned of Clarkson Stanfield including scenes of Lindisfarne, Turin, the Castle of Chillon, a View of London as it appeared in 1590, Rouen, and Netley Abbey.

See The Times, 17 February 1826 and Richard D. Altick The Shows of London (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press, 1978).