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Frank D.Skiff, PANORAMA OF THE CHICAGO FIRE
Posted by: Gene Meier (ID *****3436) Date: December 18, 2011 at 08:14:06
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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.At hand is an article from CHICAGO SUNDAY TRIBUNE,December 17,1871,p.7--"Skiff & Co's great panorama of the CHICAGO FIRE,the work of Frank D.Skiff,the well known artist,is about to start on a tour through Indiana and Ohio.The panorama is highly commended as a work of art by those who have seen it,showing, as it does,most vividly,the scenes of the great fire,and giving also a large number of sketches in the ruins.The establishment starts for the first time,all other affairs under the name of Skiff's Panorama having been cheap humbugs."I have much info to share.


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