Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Museums, Public Buildings and Galleries - Gallery of Illustration

THE correct DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE for the Route of the Overland Mail to India is now published, and can only be obtained at the Gallery of Illustration, 14, Regent-street, Waterloo-place. Prospectuses and every information  relative to the Grand Moving Diorama, illustrating the entire journey from Southampton to Calcutta, may be obtained at the office, which is open daily from 11 till 5 o'clock.

advertisement from The Times, April 9, 1850

But far the best of all these panoramic shows was the series exhibited at the Old Gallery of Illustration in Waterloo Place, called "The Overland Route, and representing all the principal places between Southampton and Calcutta. This was the work of those admirable scene-painters, Thomas Grieve and William Telbin, and was executed in their painting-rooms in Charles Street, Drury Lane, a notorious thieves' quarter. The human figures were by Absolon, the animals by Herring and Harrison Weir. Such a combination of excellence had never been seen, and a clear, concise, and most pleasantly delivered descriptive comment on the passing scene by Mr. Stocqueler, an author and journalist of the day, enhanced the success, which was tremendous. 

Edmund Yates, His Recollections and Experiences, 1885
[chapter on 1847-1852]

ROYAL GALLERY OF ILLUSTRATION, 14, Regent-street. War with Russia - The Diorama, illustrating Events of the War, including Battle of the Alma - Pictorial Map of Sebastopol - Entrenchment of the Allies - Balaklava, &c. The lecture by Mr. STOCQUELER (with description and diagrams of bastions, parapets, gabions, fascines, miniť rifles, revolvers, &c.) daily, at 3 and 8. Admission, 1s., 2s., and 3s.

advertisement from The Times, December 16, 1854

GALLERY OF ILLUSTRATION, 14 Regent Street. This gallery is open for the illustration of character from real life. The performers are Mr. and Mrs. German Reed, and Mr. John Parry; and the entertainment, which is partly musical, consists of two pieces, and a descriptive Song by Mr. John Parry. It has been established many years, and is one of the most popular and fashionable places of recreation in the Metropolis. Prices of admission: Stall chairs, 5s.; stalls, 3s. ; unreserved seats, 2s., 1s.

Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865