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A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World, Vol 1&2


This two-volume publication dives into the detail and narrative of the Panorama and allows people to quite literally hold the entire artwork in the palm of their hands. A maritime artwork of national historical importance, the Panorama is a first-hand account of a whaling voyage originating from the port of New Bedford, MA in the mid-19th century.  At 1,275’ long, the Panorama is one of the longest paintings in the United States. The Panorama was painted in 1848 and today it represents an important piece of 19th century American visual culture. It documents the historic importance of the American whaling industry, as well as the industry’s global, cultural, social, and industrial impacts. This publication highlights the importance of interpreting, studying, exhibiting, and conserving this one-of-a-kind national treasure.