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Reference number

SM 45/3/46


Copy of a measured drawing


Part ground plan


to a scale


Il Teatro à Tau[or v]ormina / in Sicilia and labelled Orchestra, Proscenium, Gallery, first Gallery and Second Gallery

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia wash, pencil, trace lines, partly pricked for transfer and with red sealing wax on 4 corners of verso, on laid paper (Italian made) (399 x 546)




Made in some haste, this must be a copy since the sheet has been pricked for transfer and bar scale and dimensions are lacking.First built in the fourth century B.C., that is, in the Hellenistic period and rebuilt under the Romans in the first to third centuries A.D. (Blue Guide, Sicily, 2003)


P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1752-80, 1977, p.234; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, p.140 ('although dated 9 June 1779 has all the appearance of a copy from a survey already carried out in French toises rather than English feet'. In fact, the drawing of the theatre at Syracuse (45/1/6) is dated thus while the Taormina drawing is undated, and there no evidence of a French scale)



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