Boswell’s Magic Lantern Show: Victorian Era Travel Photography | Londonist

Going abroad as a Victorian Briton must have been amazing. Trotting round the world, owning most of it, and looking on all that you surveyed with a firmly held conviction of your own innate superiority.

Arthur Boswell did just this in the late Victorian era. On his travels, he built up a collection of 14,000 glass slides later acquired by the local archive in his native Bexley. The highlights are now on display at the Illuminated World exhibition at Hall Place in Bexley, and give a remarkable glimpse of what it must have been like to be a tourist before air travel.

Boswell’s Magic Lantern Show: Victorian Era Travel Photography | Londonist.

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