Manchester from Belle Vue

Painting from 1861

  • Manchester from Belle Vue, 1861 by George Danson

View of industrial Manchester seen from Belle Vue painted by George Danson. This is the view opposite the entrance to the Belle Vue Zoological Garden on Hyde Road. There are smoking chimneys visible in the distance marking the industrial centre of the city. Carriages and horse-drawn carts crowded with people are travelling along the wide road both towards and away from Belle Vue.

The Danson theatrical screen painting family also designed the annual panaromas for the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens which lasted until 1939. These consisted of backdrops set across a lake which could be inspected at close quarters by steam launch, or admired from afar during illuminations and firework displays.

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