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Detail of The Rhinebeck Panorama. Panoramic View of London from a point above the present day Tower Bridge, looking west. The Rhinebeck Panorama is an extraordinary bird's eye view of London at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Rhinebeck is a town on the Hudson River in the USA. It was here, in an attic in 1941, that the panorama was discovered - lining a barrel full of pistols. The panorama takes the viewer back to London in about 1810 and lifts them high above the river, mid-way between Bermondsey and the Tower of London, looking west. The wide vista looks down on streets and squares and across chimneys and rooftops to churches and several landmarks which are clearly recognisable today. The Thames, busy with boats of all kinds, winds its way west as far as Windsor Castle which is just visible on the horizon. The panorama consists of four watercolour panels mounted and framed together to make an image almost nine feet, or just over two and a half metres, in length.
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