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Reference number

SM (1) 61/5/2

Purpose

Survey of houses adjoining the opera house and Haymarket, 20 September 1790

Aspect

1 A Plan of the Premises in the Haymarket

Scale

to a scale

Inscribed

as above, purchased of Messrs / Dayrell by Mr Taylor in June 1790, The back Fronts of Houses in Pall Mall belonging to Messrs Dayrell and others, Market lane, The Opera House, Union Court, Union Court Passage, Wennants / the / Watchmaker, Horseshoe ale house, Haymarket and dimensions given

Signed and dated

Coppy Septr 20th 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and wash on laid paper (478 x 304)

Watermark

J Whatman

Notes


In June 1790 the Darell family assigned their lease of the property to speculator Thomas Holloway, who in turn sub-let the land to the theatre's proprietor William Taylor in August 1790. This acquisition coincided with the rebuilding of the entire theatre, after a fire devastated the structure in 1789. The new theatre was built to a larger size to include this property adjoining its south end. Drawings 2 to 5 show the houses largely intact and converted to private rooms located behind the stage, such as a tea room and a painted room, and including a special entrance for the King (marked KD on drawing 2) fronting Market Lane.

Literature

Survey of London, St Anne Soho, volume XXXIV, 1966, pp. 455-464.

Level

Drawing

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