Exhibition | Panorama: London’s Lost View

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on March 12, 2019

Pierre Prévost, A Panoramic View of London from the Tower of St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, detail, ca. 1815
(Museum of London)

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From Time Out London:

Panorama: London’s Lost View
Museum of London, Smithfield, 15 March — 30 September 2019

In 1815, French artist Pierre Prévost climbed the tower of St Margaret’s Church in Westminster and started sketching. His specialty was panoramas—epically long landscape paintings, displayed in a rotunda to show a 360-degree view—and this time he was painting London. Prevost’s 100-foot panorama of the capital was exhibited in Paris, and then lost. But the 20-foot painting he made as a dry run survived. It was bought last year by the Museum of London for £250,000 and is on public display from March to September 2019. Prévost’s painting will be mounted flat on the floor, letting visitors walk its length to check out the skyline of Regency London. You’ll see the old Palace of Westminster (destroyed in a fire 19 years later), the original Westminster Bridge, St Paul’s, horse-drawn carriages in Parliament Square, and even cows grazing in St James’s Park.

The catalogue entry from the Sotheby’s Sale (4 July 2018) is available here»

The press release for the acquisition (11 July 2018) is available here»

The press release for the exhibition is available here»

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