In 19th century America, few people had knowledge of ancient Egypt. George Gliddon’s Panorama of the Nile was the first traveling exhibition that featured lectures and exhibitions of its civilization, its history, its art, and its culture. Although the exhibition was short-lived, it reached a great many people during its tour, inculcating them with its lessons. This article traces the origins and subsequent travels of the Panorama and describes how and where it was exhibited and the events surrounding those exhibitions.
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