Ralph Hyde

British, 1939 - 2015

Ralph Hyde was an authority on the historical urban development of London. He drew his findings primarily from historical maps and prints of London, artifacts of which he served as keeper at Guildhall Library from 1975 to 1999. Within the field of maps and landscape prints, he was recognized as the foremost expert on panoramas, wide-format prints of landscapes that were popular in the nineteenth century. He prepared several exhibitions and publications on this medium, the most recent of which was published weeks before his death in 2015.