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SM Adam volume 47/4


[20] Finished drawing for the auditorium, with a view towards the stage, c1789, unexecuted


Axial section of the auditorium, with a view towards the stage, and of flanking wings to the east and west. As SM Adam volume 28/20, but with minor alterations


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Section across the Opera House shewing the front of the Stage with the Scenery behind (in pencil) / No 4 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, Naples yellow, Indian yellow and verdigris within a single ruled border on laid paper (940 x 595)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Sheppard, 1960, Volume XXIX, (i), p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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