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Panorama, Leicester-Square [graphic] : (by Royal Patent) is open every day (Sundays excepted) from ten till seven : admittance one shilling : the present subject is a view of the Grand Fleet, moored at Spithead, being the Russian armament in 1791, taken from the centre, together with Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, and entire surrounding objects / the painting, by Mr. Barker, contains above ten thousand square feet, and every object appears as large as reality, by effect of the pencil only.
[London] : [s.n.], [1793]
Physical Description:
1 print : engraving ; 27.5 x 45 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2011 28
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Key to the panorama of the Grand Russian Fleet at Spithead, the first panorama exhibited by Robert Barker at his purpose built premises in Leicester Square, London, in 1793. Key shows names and position of ships in the fleet.
"The panorama depicted the ... Royal Navy fleet anchored at Spithead in 1791 ... mobilised by William Pitt's ministry to exert diplomatic pressure on Russia, then at war with the Ottoman Empire, by threatening a naval expedition to the Baltic--a geo-political crisis known as the 'Russian Armament'. Throughout the summer of 1791, Pitt's fleet, comprising thirty-six ships of the line, nine frigates and one fifty-gunner, remained fully commissioned and sea-ready at Spithead ... until it was put out of commission again in late August."--Markman Ellis. "'Spectacles within doors': Panoramas of London in the 1790s." Romanticism 14.2 (2008): 140.
Caption continues: "Diameter of the building is ninety feet. Picture painted in oil in four months. Ships of the line are thirty-six, and are true portraits. The centre frigate, where company are supposed to stand, is the Iphigenia. The panorama, no. 28, Castle-Street, Leicester-Square, being a view of London and Westminster, continues open as usual--admittance one shilling."
Other contemporary Panorama advertisements were printed by James Adlard, London.
ESTC, T192787
BAC: British Art Center copy has illegible inscription.
Exhibition History:
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Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth - Century British Marine Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-09-09 - 2016-12-04)

Subject Terms:
Barker, Robert, 1739-1806.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Russia.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- History.
Panorama (Leicester Square, London, England)
Panoramas -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Warships -- British -- 1793.
Panoramic views -- 1793.
Engravings -- 1793.
Barker, Robert, 1739-1806.
Adlard, James, printer.
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