Ralph Hyde

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For the U.S. Navy officer, see Ralph U. Hyde.

Ralph Hyde, a former curator of graphic arts at the Guildhall Library in London, is a pre-eminent historian and writer on the subject of Panoramic painting. Since his retirement, he has lived in France and continues as an active scholar in the field. In addition to having curated the Panoramania exhibition at the Barbican, he is the author, with Felix Barker, of the richly illustrated book London As It Might Have Been, which illustrates numerous planned, but never built, fanciful structures in London. He is a member of the International Panorama Council, and is compiling a Dictionary of Panoramists.


  • "The Panorama: History of a Mass Medium" (book review), by Ralph Hyde. Technology and Culture: 40.4 (1999), pp. 900-901
  • London as it Might Have Been, by Ralph Hyde and Felix Barker. London: John Murray, 1984
  • "Myrioramas, Endless Landscapes: The Story of a Craze", Print Quarterly, December 2004, XXI