The finished piece is a fitting tribute to the author’s work as well as the pioneering nature of this form of early, printed entertainment from nearly 200 years ago.
Using James Cropper’s Vanguard paper in Pink and Ivory colours, Gauld’s Endless Journey myriorama was exhibited alongside rare originals from the nineteenth century at The Shandy Hall, near York, UK, many of which were originally created to depict fantasy landscapes and maps, in whatever order they were arranged.
“I was commissioned by Patrick Wildgust of the Laurence Sterne Trust as he felt that the episodic, eccentric nature of Sterne’s writing could be interestingly mirrored in a myriorama. Having read his work, I had to agree.”
Myriorama, or 'Many Thousand Views' consist of numerous cards depicting fragments or segments of landscapes that can be arranged in a multitude of different combinations.
This 'entertainment' for young ladies and gentlemen originated in France. The first English version in 1824 was a set of 16 cards which depicted Gothic ruins, castles, cottages, a lighthouse, a man fishing and a gypsy encampment. These landmarks had a backdrop of mountains with islands and a lake to add extra texture and depth.
Copies of the Endless Journey myriorama are available to buy for £10 (plus postage) from The Laurence Sterne Trust website.
Twelve picture cards which can be arranged to form 479,001,600 different landscapes.