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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd April 1975 Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, premieres in London

23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London

23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged

23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London

23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.go to related location

23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London

23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

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23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London

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Egyptian Hall



Egyptian Hall

The magical museum and Egyptian Hall used to be here.

Location: 170-173 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EJ

Description: The Egyptian Hall once stood at 170-173 Piccadilly, and was owned by William Bullock containing historical arms and armor, and curiosities brought back from the South Seas by Captain Cook. Bullock built it at a cost 16,000 from the designs of GF Robinson.

The museum was referred to as the London Museum, the Egyptian Hall or Museum, or Bullock's Museum, and the museum is mentioned in Georgette Heyer's novels Cotillion and Arabella.

An exhibit of Napoleonic relics in 1816 including Napoleon's carriage taken at Waterloo made Bullock 35,000 pounds. The crush at the exhibit was satirized by Cruikshank and Rowlandson who drew the carriage and the crowds straining to view it.

In 1819, Bullock sold his extensive collection and converted the museum into an exhibition hall. Book seller George Lackington, became owner of the museum in 1825. The museum facilities also were used for panoramas, art exhibits, and entertainment productions.

It became synonymous with magic productions, with JN Maskelyne and his son Nevil Maskelyne where they developed acts that still intrigue audiences today, such as sawing a woman in half.

In 1893 they were joined at the Egyptian Hall by David Devant, who performed illusions such as Vice Versa where he changed a man into a woman. He also performed the first stage performance in London of the Indian Rope Trick.

In 1905 The Egyptian Hall was demolished.

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Egyptian Hall

The magical museum and Egyptian Hall used to be here.


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