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image Adam vol.7/176

Reference number

Adam vol.7/176

Purpose

Design for the plan of a theatre showing a portico of seven bays opening into a rectangular hall with columns, the auditorium and stage beyond and with public rooms along the side.

Aspect

Plan

Inscribed

Inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand (probably that of Robert Adam) with the room usage: Dressing for / Ladies / principale managers / Actress room / principle managers / room/ Actors room / Dressing / room for men / above for Cloaks & / for Music making / Tea [crossed out] / Retiring for women / fountain / for/ 200ft / Tea / salon/ salon for men / coffee [crossed out] / Coffee / for chairs / Actors / room / Performers / room / portico for coaches / stair to the / parterre & / up to the Gall[ery]

Signed and dated

Undated

Medium and dimensions

Pen173 x 235

Hand

Robert Adam (attributed to)

Watermark

Crowned shield with coat of arms

Notes

This pen sketch is probably the source for the larger, more detailed plan of a theatre in Adam vol.7/171. It is connected with the royal theatre scheme for which there is an elevation in Adam vol.7/170. The assured drawing style and the hand of the inscription are probably those of Robert Adam.

Level

Drawing

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