The next thing is to prepare the panorama, and here again a great deal depends upon our ability and skill in drawing and painting. We may select any subject - Robinson Crusoe, scenes from the Arabian Nights,
Jack and the Bean Stalk, Cinderella, and so on; or we may like to draw a procession.
The paper on which the panorama is drawn should be in one long piece, not too stiff, to roll easily round
the rollers, and not so soft that it will tear easily. It should be about four inches wide, but if it is difficult to get that width we may have it narrower, provided we bind something round the rollers above and below where the paper winds on, in order that
the panorama may wind evenly round the middle of the rollers. In using a narrow paper we must, of course, adapt our stage scenery and drapery to hide the top and bottom of the roll of paper as it moves across the show.
We have said that a very great deal depends upon the skill of the artist in preparing his panorama. But even those who cannot draw at all may make an interesting panorama by cutting out from illustrated papers the figures of men and
animals and so on, and pasting these carefully on the roll of paper as required. Of course, they must be cut from pictures printed on fairly thin paper, or the roll will get too clumsy to wind easily. It will take some time, too, to make a panorama in this
way, as we cannot at once get exactly the figures we require to make up our scenes. Of course, we can make up a story if we like; and then there is plenty of scope for cleverness in fitting together the figures and objects we are able to cut from pictures
in the illustrated papers.