The History of Leith

January 13, 2009

Robert Barker (painter)

Edinburgh 1793

The English itinerant portrait painter Robert Barker coined the word “panorama”, from Greek pan (“all”) horama (“view”) in 1792 to describe his paintings of Edinburgh, Scotland shown on a cylindrical surface, which he soon was exhibiting in London, as “The Panorama”. In 1793 Barker moved his panoramas to the first purpose-built panorama building in the world, in Leicester Square, and made a fortune. for more click here

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