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Explanation of a view of Stirling, exhibiting at the Panorama, Leicester Square

Identifier: Coll-2095

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Etched illustration of the panorama of Stirling which was exhibited at Barker's Panorama, Leicester Square, London, from December 1832 to June 1833. Originally issued as part of the printed guide sold to visitors to the attraction.


  • Publication: 1832


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Biographical / Historical

Henry Aston Barker (1774-1856) was the son of Robert Barker (1739-1806), an Irish artist who invented the concept of "panorama" - a 360 degree view designed to be placed round the inside of a cylinder and viewed from the centre. Robert Barker's first exhibtion was in Edinburgh, but soon after he moved to London, where he showed his large-scale panoramas first in an establishement on Castle Street, and then in a purpose-built building in Leicester Square. This was an immediate success, and when he died in 1806, his son and pupil Henry took over the business in partnership with the artist John Burford.


1 sheet ; 390 x 270 mm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2023. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0112.

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Catalogued in September 2023 by Aline Brodin, using information provided by the seller. Dating amended by Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence December 2023, from information from S.B. Wilcox, The panorama and related exhibitions in London, Thesis (M.Litt.)--University of Edinburgh, 1976.p.258

Explanation of a view of Stirling, exhibiting at the Panorama, Leicester Square, 1832
Aline Brodin
September 2023
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