Coloured lithographic dioramic print, captioned 'No. 17. Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery. Virginia Water. [...] upon holding it before the light, you will be presented with a splendid display of Fire-works, in honor of Her Majesty's Coronation.'

William Morgan, printseller [the Coronation of Queen Victoria, 1838; Virginia Water, Runnymede, Surrey; Windsor Great Park; diorama; dioramic print; fireworks]
Publication details: 
Undated [1838]. 'London. Published by Wm: Morgan, 25, Bartlett's Buidgs. Holborn Hill, December 1st. 1838.'
SKU: 7476

The portion of the caption, missing in the description above, reads '[...] Virginia Water. This Print at first represents this enchanting lake by day, and upon holding it before the light, you will be presented [...]'. Dimensions of print roughly 16.5 x 22.5 cm. On original grey paper windowpane mount (24.5 x 35.5 cm). Engraved label (4.5 x 18.5 cm) beneath the print. Good, bright impression, but with damage affecting an area roughly 2.5 x 2 cm in bottom right-hand corner. On lightly aged and spotted mount. A brightly-coloured royal barge is rowing across Virginia Water to a pagoda surrounded by weeping willows. The scene is transformed to night when the print is held up to the light, with bright fireworks exploding in a moonlit sky, and ladies, gentlemen and carriages in the foreground on the banks of the lake. An attractive and unusual item.