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The word Panorama was invented - and patented - by the painter Robert Barker in 1792 when, aged 53, he used it to describe his 360 degree paintings of Edinburgh.

Barker went on to construct “The Panorama” (above) in Leicester Square, the first purpose built building for disaplaying Panoramic images. By the 1860s, most European Cities had a Panorama - they were still popular in the USA at the end of the nineteenth century, where they were known as Cycloramas. It wasn’t until the arrival of cinema that Barker’s invention was finally superceded.

Here is a selection of the handbills that accompanied Barker’s Panoramic shows:

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Thank you to BibliOdyssey & Paul K and to Lady Crafthole