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SM 45/6/1 recto


2 Rome: Argentina Theatre: copy of measured drawing


Half cross section of roof truss, detail of scarfed tie beam, and thumbnail plan of theatre measuring 60:00 by 51:4 (and labelled 26 rows of Seats, Orch.), * Beams of Abete (fir) / All the rest of Castagno (chestnut)


bar scale of English feet - 1/3 in to 1 ft (approximately)


as above, Teatro Argentina and dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, some hatching, some pricking for transfer, traces of red sealing wax at corners on laid paper (400 x 550)




fleur-de-lis in within oval frame with CB above (Heawood 1598 Rome 1762)


The divisions of the bar scale that is inscribed 'English feet' suggest a scale of approximately 1/3 inch to 1 foot but the dimensions do not tally with that scale. Comparison with a drawing of the same subject by C.H.Tatham shows the same structure but with variations as to the disposition of metal hangers, ties and straps (RIBA Drawings Collection SC110/11(5)

Dating from 1730, the Teatro Argentina was the most important theatre in Rome in the 18th century. There is a plan by Thomas Hardwick in the RIBA Drawings Collection (SB61/4) of the Theatre which still exists.


P.du Prey, (J.Lever editor), Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects, volume G-K, 1973, p.923; P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.288; P.du Prey, John Soane: the making of an architect, 1982, pp.156-8



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