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Dioramas

Daguerre and Dioramas

From 1822 onwards, Daguerre created a new form of art - the diorama.

Dioramas were large paintings, in the case of Daguerre,  22 meters long and 14 meters high, painted on transparent linen, which gave a spectacular effect when lit by combinations of light from in front and behind.

In some cases the scene would transform from a daylight scene to a moonlit scene when the lighting changed.  In other cases, switching on additional lighting behind the scene could cause figures to "miraculously appear" in the scene.

In some cases, such as his view of Holyrood Chapel, Daguerre also produced smaller oil paintings of the same scene.  The lighting in his paintings was very realistic - in fact very similar to what might be found in a photograph.

However, Daguerre was to continue to paint dioramas for about 20 years before he announced his discovery of the Daguerreotype photograph - a small image on silver-plated copper.

Scenes painted by Daguerre

Between 1822 and 1839, twenty of Daguerre's dioramas were displayed in Paris.  Each display lasted for several months.  Three of scenes painted by Daguerre were local to Edinburgh.  They were:

-  Interior of Chapel of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, by Moonlight

-  Roslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, effect of sun

-  Edinburgh during the Fire of 15 November 1824

The dioramas were displayed  in a specially erected buildings in Paris and London, then later in Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Lothian Road Diorama

The Edinburgh Diorama was opened in Lothian Road in late 1827    [RDW]    It appeared in the Edinburgh Trade Directories under the management of Joseph Hall, lithographer, each year from 1831 until 1845.

Dioramas were shown in Edinburgh.  Further details can be found on R Derek Wood's web site:  The Diorama in Great Britain in the 1820s.

The Mound Diorama

There was also a second diorama in Edinburgh in the early 1840s.  It was situated beside the National Galleries in Princes Street, about half a mile from Lothian Road.

Below are some of the advertisements for dioramas that appeared in the Edinburgh newspaper, The Caledonian Mercury, in 1842.

Waterloo Rooms Diorama

Waterloo Rooms are situated close to the East end of Princes Street and Calton Hill.  It can be seen from the 1854 advertisement below that this became another venue for showing dioramas in Edinburgh

   

Dioramas

1842 and 1854

Advertisement

1842

GORDON'S BRITISH DIORAMA is now open daily from twelve to four and from seven to ten, evening in the NEW BUILDING immediately above the Rotunda, MOUND, embracing:

-  A VIEW of the TOWER of LONDON during the recent conflagration.

-  ST GEORGE's CHAPEL, Windsor Castle and

- THE FLIGHT OF THE GREAT NASSAU BALLOON, 1836.

Boxes 1s 6d,      Pit 1s 0d,      Gallery 6d.

[CM: 6 Jan 1842]

Review

1842

A review of the diorama in The Caledonian Mercury on 6 Jan 1842 began:

"Having heard the paintings at Mr Gordon's diorama spoken of in terms of the highest praise, we paid them a visit the other evening with our expectations proportionately raised and we must say that all our hopes were completely realised, for a more wonderful exhibition, whether as regards the skill of the artist, or ingenuity of the mechanist, we believe is seldom looked upon.  ...

We understand that on New Year's Day no fewer than 1,500 persons visited the Diorama."

Advertisement

1854

THE GRAND DIORAMA OF HINDOSTAN

This Sublime Exhibition is the most beautiful DIORAMA that has ever been exhibited.

"Open Daily at TWO and EIGHT pm at the Waterloo Rooms, Edinburgh"

[North British Advertiser:  24 April 1854, page 1]

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks