BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG panorama per H.W...

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG panorama per H.W.Knight, Peoria

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Gene Meier

Stockton, IL

#1 Jul 12, 2013
WICHITA DAILY EAGLE, Thursday, February 24,1887 p.4 COLUMN ONE H.W. Knight of Peoria, Illinois, made us a call yesterday morning. He comes to see the country, and to see Wichita.
WICHITA DAILY EAGLE, Thursday, February 24,1887,p.4 COLUMN THREE A Panorama H.W.Knight,representing the proprietors of the panorama or cyclorama, is in the city for the purpose of determining the feasibility or chances of putting up a permanent building for the exhibition of the BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG on the same plan of the permanent exhibition and building of the same work in CHICAGO.After looking the ground over,taking in the towns and cities tributary to this, he thinks that there can be no doubt touching the success of the enterprise in Wichita.The painting is a grand one worth many thousands of dollars.The permanent circular building would cost between fifteen and eighteen thousand dollars. He is desirous of enlisting some of Wichita's capital in the enterprise which he is satisfied will pay handsomely. It has been suggested that the place for the building would be over in the Riverside Park.//I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas//JOSEPH PIERRE BIRREN (1864-1933) MEMOIR/Cyclorama Painting/November 26,1885 to May 10,1886 at Peoria, Illinois for H.Knight//June 1,1886 at Englewood for Dr. Pierpont and H.H.Gross,boarding at Rapps Englewood House.

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