Detail from the Cyclorama of Early Melbourne by John Hennings
In 1892, the Victorian government commissioned John Hennings to paint a cycloramic painting of Melbourne. Hennings was paid 500 guineas (about A$1000) for his work which took five months to complete.A cyclorama was a pictorial entertainment that was popular in Europe and America from the late 18th century until the arrival of cinema at the end of the 19th century.
Hennings was born in Germany in 1835 and arrived in Australia in 1855.
RESOURCE: State Library of Victoria