Ralph Hyde

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Ralph Hyde
Ralph Hyde 1984 small.jpg
Born (1939-03-25)25 March 1939
Died 5 June 2015(2015-06-05) (aged 76)
Citizenship British
Fields Panoramic painting
For the U.S. Navy officer, see Ralph U. Hyde.

Ralph Hyde (25 March 1939 – 5 June 2015[1]) was a curator of graphic arts at the Guildhall Library in London, a pre-eminent historian and writer on the subject of Panoramic painting. On his retirement he lived for a time in France but returned to London to continue as an active scholar in the field. In addition to having curated the Panoramania exhibition at the Barbican, he was 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 was a member of the International Panorama Council, and at the time of his death was compiling a Dictionary of Panoramists.


  1. ^ "Ralph Hyde, curator - obituary". Telegraph.co.uk. 9 July 2015. 
  • The Panorama: History of a Mass Medium (book review). Technology and Culture: 40.4 (1999), pp. 900-901
  • London as it Might Have Been. Written with Felix Barker. London: John Murray, 1984
  • Panoramania! The Art and Entertainment of the All-Embracing View. Introduction by Scott B. Wilcox. London Trefoil Publications in association with the Barbican Art Gallery, 1988
  • Myrioramas, Endless Landscapes: The Story of a Craze, Print Quarterly, December 2004, XXI
  • Paper Peepshows: The Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner Collection. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2015