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image SM Adam volume 47/7

Reference number

SM Adam volume 47/7

Purpose

[24] Finished drawing for the Opera House, showing the Haymarket (east) entrance and principal staircase, oval ballroom and adjoining assembly room, c1789, unexecuted

Aspect

Axial section of the opera house from east to west, as SM Adam volume 28/21, but with minor alterations. The roof line is altered and the east wing extended, with an additional colonnaded room above the stairwell. Within the ballroom the suspended lamps are replaced with tripods bearing oil lamps, set between the columns. Figurative roundels ornament the spandrels between the entrances and apses. At the lower level a central arched entrance is introduced and the stove is omitted

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet

Inscribed

Sections across the Opera House shewing the Grand stairways & entrance to the Ballrooms with a section of the Oval Ballroom & one and [?] of the Assembly room (in pencil) / no 7 (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1789
    c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including pink and verdigris within a single ruled border on laid paper (941 x 597)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson

Verso

Notation, modern curatorial

Watermark

PVL

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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