Panorama Attraction Opened in 1793

The history of innovation in entertaining audiences, looks back to centuries of ideas and facilities.


Robert Barker, an English portrait painter, coined the word “panorama” in 1792 to describe his paintings shown on a cylindrical surface.   He was soon was exhibiting his unique paintings as an attraction in London, as “The Panorama.”


In 1793, Barker moved his panoramas to the first purpose-built panorama building in the world, in Leicester Square and by all reports, made a fortune.