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image Adam vol.7/171

Reference number

Adam vol.7/171

Purpose

Unfinished plan for a theatre showing the auditorium with seven-bay portico flanked internally by staircases opening into a rectangular hall and semi-circular seating space. Beyond are stage and scenary openings.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand with some dimensions

Signed and dated

Undated, probably 1762-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil 343 x 442

Hand

James Adam

Watermark

CM

Notes

This is the plan of the theatre elevation shown in Adam vol.7/170, and is a version of the ink sketch in Adam vol.7/176. The Adam library contained Carlo Fontana (1634/8–1714)'s compendium of seventeenth-century theatre designs that Robert Adam used for his work at Drury Lane and the Haymarket Opera House, both London. The use of hatching in this plan may be compared with that in plans by James Adam of 1756 in Adam vol.7/17.
The first parliament of the reign of George III began in 1760 and this drawing belongs to that period, and is probably contemporary with James Adam's Parliament House scheme of 1762/63; like that scheme it may have been begun before he left London for Italy in 1760.

Level

Drawing

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