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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 co-authored with Felix Barker 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.

Ralph Hyde
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Born(1939-03-25)25 March 1939
Uxbridge, West London, England
Died5 June 2015(2015-06-05) (aged 76)
Scientific career
FieldsPanoramic painting


  1. ^ "Ralph Hyde, curator - obituary". 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