Henry Aston Barker's Panorama, Leicester-Square. View of the City of St. Petersburgh,Taken on the Tower of the Observatory. The Battle of Waterloo is in the Lower Circle. Open from Ten until Dusk. Admission to each Painting One Shilling.
Wood engraved broadside with letterpress. Sheet 280 x 270mm (11 x 10½"). Some wear. Creases & foxed.
A circular wood engraving with a 25-point list of important landmarks, the key to a painted panorama of St Petersburg exhibited at the 'Panorama', the first building to be erected for the purpose of displaying panoramas. It is likely that the view was painted by either Barker (1774-1856) himself or John Burford (fl.1812 - 1850). He went to Paris to research for a panorama of the Battle of Waterloo (on display at the same time as St Petersburg') and his sketches were issued as a set of eight etchings by John Burnett. During his lifetime Barker's celebrity opened doors: he met Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Nelson in Naples, and Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba. He married Admiral William Bligh's eldest daughter in 1802.
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