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SM Adam volume 47/5


[22] Finished drawing for the auditorium, with a view towards the boxes, c1789, unexecuted


Axial section of the opera house, from west to east. The west wing has a pitched roof, and at the ground-storey level there is a central corridor, flanked by rooms containing fireplaces. At the first-storey level there is a room with a central entrance, set behind a Tuscan screen with a frieze of fluting, and this is flanked by further entrances. At the second-storey level there is a central room, with a balustraded apse, and a domed ceiling ornamented with swags, and the flanking rooms contain figurative panels set within niches. The auditorium is as SM Adam volume 28/22, but one tier of boxes is omitted, and the ceiling coving is ornamented with flora set within semi-circular compartments. The east wing contains rooms at the ground, first and second storeys, and this is surmounted by a drum ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and supporting a stepped, ribbed dome with a spire. The east front has a rusticated arcade at the ground-storey level, and this supports a balustraded Corinthian portico, surmounted by statuary


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


Section across the Opera House shewing the pit the front boxes & galleries over[_ _] (in pencil) / No 5 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink, verdigris, Naples yellow and Indian yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (935 x 596)


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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