- Robert and James Adam office drawings
Sheppard notes the inscriptions for rooms marked Taylors, (SM Adam volume 47/10), and its significance in dating the scheme as post 1780, when William Taylor took up the role as theatre manager. However, possibly worth consideration is the location of the rooms, adjacent to a suite assigned for the Wardrobe Keeper. Combined with the ambiguities of eighteenth-century spelling, it is possible that these rooms may have instead been intended for the use of the company’s tailor.
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Contents of Finished drawings, including plans for the ground, first, second and third storeys of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted (4)
-  Finished drawing for the ground storey of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the first storey of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the second storey of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted
-  Finished drawing for the third storey of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted