Grand Panorama Lecture: Whaling and Maritime Culture of Mid-19th C America

New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA
Aug 14, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is the second lecture in a series about the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World, which is featured in two New Bedford Whaling Museum exhibitions: “A Spectacle in Motion: The Original” and “A Spectacle in Motion: The Experience.” Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer will examine the "Panorama" through an industrial lens. Benjamin Russell probably conceived his idea for a traveling whaling panorama picture show sometime between 1841, when he shipped onboard a whaler, and 1847, around the time when he and Caleb Purrington actually began to paint it. The painting coincided with the height of American whaling, both economically, physically, and culturally. The impacts of the whaling enterprise were felt through many segments of American society and its profits later funded the fine and mechanical arts, and diverse local industries. The growth of the industry demanded an American diplomatic presence in many faraway lands, advancing the vanguard of American hegemony in the Pacific. Reception 6 pm; lecture 7 pm. Museum members $10; non-members $15. Series tickets: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.