In 1802 Girtin announced the exhibition, in the Great Room at Spring Gardens, of his huge, oil-painted panorama of London. He coined the word ‘Eidometropolis’ to describe his work. Sadly the massive canvas, measuring 181 square metres, was destroyed within a few years. However, to give some idea of the impact of Girtin’s work, we have commissioned a modern, photographic panorama of London, taken from roughly the same spot, near Southwark Bridge, as Girtin’s. Set within the 360 degree photograph are some of the sketches Girtin made in preparation for his great project. Only three months after the opening of the Eidometropolis, Girtin was dead.