Wyld’s Great Globe, a model of the earth

Victorian illustration to download showing a cut-away drawing of the interior of Wyld’s Great Globe, a huge model of the earth. The surface of the planet is modelled in plaster on the concave interior of the globe, which visitors can inspect by going up and down staircases. James Wyld (1812-87), mapmaker and MP, built his globe in Leicester Square, London, in 1851 to coincide with the Great Exhibition. The globe’s diameter was 60ft, and the planet was modelled to a scale of 10 miles to an inch horizontally. It was lit by a glass skylight and by gas at night. Around the globe Wyld built galleries for geographical exhibitions. The globe was a popular attraction until 1862. From smallish, densely inked original.