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[Two sheets from Robert Barker's panorama, 'London from the Roof of the Albion Mills']
[Two sheets from Robert Barker's panorama, 'London from the Roof of the Albion Mills']
[Engraved by Frederick Birnie and Henry Aston Barker after Robert Barker, 1792-3]
Etching and aquatint with hand-colouring, sheet approx 465 x 1100mm (18¼ x 43¼"). Some staining.
Two of the six sheets comprising Henry Barker's famous true panorama from Albion Mills, Southwark, looking across East and South East London, with the mill's chimneys in the foreground. Having already produced a panorama of Edinburgh, in 1790-91 Barker sent his son Henry Aston to draw the view from the Albion Mills on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge, which he enlarged and painted on the dome of 'The Panorama', the world's first building built specifically to display panoramas. Situated on the north side of Leicester Square, the building is now a French Catholic Church, 'Notre Dame de France', in Leicester Place. The painting was exhibited the following year and was praised by Sir Joshua Reynolds. This printed souvenir was published on six sheets 1792-3. Already the mill had burned down, an event recorded in the 'Microcosm of London' as 'Fire in London'.
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