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ROYAL PANARMONION
[Prospectus]
Prospectus of the Royal Panarmonion, an institution for the encouragement of the arts, in their connection with dramatic exhibition, and for the cultivation and development of native British talent, ...
[London]: printed by J. Mallett, 59, Wardour Street, Soho, [1829].
3, [1] p. ; 32.6 cm. (2°)

Folded sheet. Drop-head title. Signed by the 'Secretary, F.J. Guyenette'. The Panarmonion was the project of Gesualdo (Gemaldo) Lanza (1779–1859), a prominent singing master. The failed project is described in the Survey of London, vol. 24, pp. 103--4, as 'an ambitious scheme ... to provide a centre for music and the drama on an island site facing Euston Road and contained within Birkenhead Street and Argyle Street. Lanza had a deserved reputation as a singing master, and with the help of the architect, Stephen Geary, a plan was produced, ... In the centre of the site was a large building styled the Grand Panarmonion Theatre, facing north, with a refreshment room to the east and a ballroom to the west, stretching together across the whole site. The space south of the theatre was to be occupied by pleasure gardens, with a music gallery built against the theatre itself. In front of the theatre was a courtyard with two approaches from Euston Road on the site of the present Crestfield and Belgrove Streets. Residences were to be built on the Euston Road frontage and in other parts of the site. A dramatic school was also to be built facing Birkenhead Street. There were to be picture galleries, reading rooms and many other features as well. As far as can be gathered the only building actually erected was the little theatre in Birkenhead Street which may have been that first intended as a dramatic school.' The project was abandoned in 1832 and such works as had been built were soon demolished. The Prospectus is accompanied by a printed subscription 'Formula' to be returned by 'Every person who intends to become a Bond-holder', a lithographic Ground plan and elevation of the Panarmonion projected by Signor Gesualdo Lanza. Stephen Geary, architect (q.v.), and a second form of prospectus headed The Royal Panarmonion Academic and Subscription Theatres, Concert Rooms, &c. &c. (q.v.).

Copy Notes Conjoined last with three other items relating to the Royal Panarmonion as described above and a letter from Lanza addressed to J Soane Esqr RA concerning the enclosed prospectus. Lanza draws attention to the 25£ Bonds Classed and / Marked B: which have been created solely for the / accomodation of the Professors of Music Poetry and Painting ... and invites Soane to favor him with a drawing for one or more of the Picturesque and fanciful Cottages intended to be built in the Panarmonion gardens. (Priv. Corr. V.I.16.2).

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6013


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