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  • image SM Adam volume 47/10

Reference number

SM Adam volume 47/10


[3] Finished drawing for the second storey of the opera house, c1789, unexecuted


Plan of the second storey, as SM Adam volume 47/9, with the north wall of the auditorium extended to contain gallery seating. West of the auditorium there is a corridor connecting to a row of rectangular rooms, some containing fireplaces. To the north the roof line of the link buildings and annexe is shown. The annexe is shown to have hipped roofs with skylights


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Plan of the 2 floor Story of the Opera House with the first gallery & boxes ajoining [?] [_ _ _ _ _ _ _] the Houses west [?] Pall Mall & the roofs of the Tavern (in pencil) / No 10 (in pencil) / Market Lane (in pencil) / Keepers Wardrobe room (in pencil) / Wardrobe Keeper (in pencil) / Storeroom (in pencil) / Taylors [_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _] (in pencil) / Taylors Room (in pencil) / Wardrobe Keepers room (in pencil) / Storeroom / (in pencil) Haymarket (in pencil) / Charles Street leading to St James’s & [_ _ _ _ _] (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within single ruled border on laid paper (1065 x 576)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Sheppard, 1960, Volume XXIX, (i), p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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