Dates: 1799 – December 1863
This venue was purpose built to display “Mr Barker’s Panorama”, as a visitor attraction.
Although the attraction is long-gone, the three storey brick building that housed it still stands and is the Roman Catholic Church of Notre Dame de Paris. Although the shape of the building is now hidden by more modern structures, it can still be seen in satellite images of the area.
More about the Rotunda
Technical information about the Rotunda and panorama presentation
Cross section of the building housing the Panorama, Leicester Square, showing the internal stair cases and viewing platforms for the panorama; at the bottom a panorama of a seascape, with mountains surrounding the bay, and a small town; above a smaller panorama of London from the River Thames; a number of elegantly dressed figures on viewing platforms and stairs. 1801 Etching and aquatint (from British Museum Image gallery)