Albert Smith's Mont Blanc lectures became one of the "sights of London" in the 1850s. Henry James saw a performance and recalled the reckless levity of "big, bearded, rattling, chattering, mimicking Albert Smith. ... [T]he brief stop and re-departure of the train at Épernay, with the ringing of bells, the bawling of guards, the cries of travellers, the slamming of doors and the tremendous pop as of a colossal champagne-cork, made all simultaneous and vivid by Mr. Smith's mere personal resources and graces." (A Small Boy and Others, 1913) The painted scenes of the journey depicted in other lantern slides were shown in the window behind Smith on stage.
Source: [A Man Lecturing] from Mr. Albert Smith's Ascent of Mont Blanc: In Miniature, [London? : s.n.], [185-?], hand-colored lantern slide, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection BidID: 581065-0005 581065-0006 http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/581065