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Title [London from the roof of the Albion Mills] / Robt. Barker delin. ; Fredck. Birnie aquatinta.
Creator Barker, Robert, 1739-1806, artist.
Contributors Barker, Henry Aston, 1774-1856, artist.
Birnie, Frederick, engraver.
Classification Visual material
Physical Description 1 print on 6 joined sheets : hand-colored aquatint ; sheets end-to-end 49 x 342 cm, accordion folded to 49 x 57 cm
Full Orbis Record

"This 360 degree view is taken from the roof of the Albion sugar mills at the S. end of Blackfriars Bridge, to which vantage point Henry Aston Barker was sent to make sketches by his father, Robert Barker, in the winter of 1790-91 ... The son's drawings were then greatly enlarged and painted in distemper on canvas by Robert Barker to create a 1,479 sq. ft. exhibition panorama. This at first was exhibited at ... Leicester Square ... Birnie's aquatints of H.A. and R. Barker's London panorama were prepared and published while it was still on exhibition in Castle Street and testify to the show's popularity. ... Altick records that the six aquatints served as the source for America's first panorama show. Taken to the United States by a gentleman named Laing, they were copied onto canvas by William Winstanley. The resulting panorama was exhibited in Greenwich Street, New York City, in 1795."--Hyde, Gilded scenes and shining prospects.

Title from Hyde and British Museum catalog.

Plates are variously dated from Aug. 18, 1792, to March 27, 1793 (and perhaps later, see Abbey).

A key to buildings depicted in the panorama is available in: London from the roof of the Albion Mills : a facsimile of Robert and Henry Aston Barker's panorama of 1792-3 ([London] : Guildhall Library Publications in association with the London Typographical Society, 1988).

Selected exhibitions: "Gilded Scenes and Shining Prospects" (Yale Center for British Art, 9 October-15 December, 1985).

Abbey, J.R. Life, 460

Hyde, R. Panoramania! 28

Hyde, R. Gilded scenes and shining prospects, 59

Pragnell, J. London panoramas of Robert Barker and Thomas Girtin.

Altick, R.D. Shows of London, p. 130-132

London from the roof of the Albion Mills: a facsimile of Robert and Henry Aston Barker's panorama of 1792-3

BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bookplate: Henry Martin Gibbs 1891.

Call Number Folio B D 5
Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts
Subject Terms Albion Mills (London, England)
Panorama (Leicester Square, London, England)
Panoramas -- England -- London -- Specimens.
London (England) -- Pictorial works.
London (England) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Pictorial works.
Thames River (England) -- Pictorial works.
Form Genre Terms Panoramas -- England -- London.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1792-1793.
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