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Paper peepshow - River Thames and Tunnel

River Thames and Tunnel

  • Object:

    Paper peepshow

  • Date:

    [1843] (published)

  • Museum number:

    Gestetner 238

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Physical description

Double-decker accordion-folding peepshow collapsing into a wooden box, with two peepholes. 3 cut-out panels. Hand-coloured lithographs.


[1843] (published)


Height: 18 cm, Width: 23.5 cm, Depth: 79 cm

Object history note

Part of the Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection, collected over 30 years and given to the V&A Museum through the government's Cultural Gift Scheme in 2016.

Descriptive line

Paper peepshow showing, at Thames level (upper peep-hole), the Royal Visit on 26 July 1843, and the Thames Tunnel below (lower peep-hole).
Front panel/lid: Ships on the River Thames, sailor holding a Union Jack flag and a waterman holding an oar.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R. Hyde, Paper Peepshows. The Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner Collection (Woodbridge: The Antique Collectors' Club, 2015), cat. 238.






Paper Peepshow; National Art Library; Optical toys; London history


National Art Library

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