Last time on “City Full of History”, we traveled to Inwood Hill Park to visit the Native American caves. Come along this week as we pay a visit to Frederick Catherwood’s Panorama, one of the most popular entertainment spots in early New York City!
By the time Frederick Catherwood arrived in New York City in 1836 he was already well-traveled beyond his 37 years of age. Born in London in 1799 he served as an architect’s apprentice for 6 years, took art classes at the Royal Academy, and spent 13 years studying and drawing ancient ruins around the Mediterranean. Returning to London he worked for Robert Buford at his panorama in Leicester Square, where he learned the business of popular entertainment. Buford painted several panoramas based on Catherwood’s drawings, while Catherwood gave lectures on his travels to an interested public.