The Battle of Gettysburg
Panorama of Gettysburg. French artist Paul Philippoteaux's depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg locates significant places on the battlefield, where soldiers died and where headquarters and hospitals were located. The artist's work was featured in several cyclorama venues in the late 1880s. Visitors to these popular late-19th century attractions stood on a center platform surrounded by large canvases that detailed well-known events and attractions. The huge paintings were displayed in specially constructed circular buildings and gave the effect of being caught up in the final day of battle in the cornfields of Pennsylvania. Philippoteaux's original work was first displayed in Chicago (1883), Boston (1884), Philadelphia (1886), and New York (1886).