The History of Leith

January 13, 2009

Robert Barker (painter)

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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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