Section of the Rotunda, Leicester Square

Description

This is a cross-section of the Panorama building in Leicester Square showing the viewing platforms. It was designed by Robert Mitchell to exhibit the panoramic paintings of Robert Barker (1737-1806). Staircases led to a number of viewing platforms from which visitors could take in two panoramas, one large and one of smaller dimensions. The large panorama depicted here is a view from the hills around Edinburgh. Mitchell writes in the description of the plate that ‘This scenery was the first circular picture which Mr Barker painted and exhibited to the Public’. The smaller panorama above shows London from the Thames.

Mitchell published this plate in a book of his own designs entitled Plans, and views in perspective, with descriptions of buildings erected in England and Scotland; and ... an essay to elucidate the Grecian, Roman and Gothic Architecture.

Full title:
Plans, and views in perspective, with descriptions of buildings erected in England and Scotland; and ... an essay to elucidate the Grecian, Roman and Gothic Architecture. (Plans, descriptions et vues en perspective, etc.).
Published:
15 May 1801, London
Publisher:  
London
Format:
Etching / Coloured Aquatint
Creator:
Robert Mitchell
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
56.i.12. (Plate 14)

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