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SM 45/6/1 verso


9 Rome: Tor di Nona Theatre: copy of measured drawing, February 1780


Part-plan of pitched roof with 3 ties, battens and roof tiles; thumbnail plan of auditorium with 25 Rows of seats / 5 Tiers of Boxes measuring 60:00 by 57:00


to the same scale as previous drawing for the Tor di Nona Theatre (2¾ inches divided into 10 parts)


as above, Il Teatro Tordinona Roma and 2 dimensions given

Signed and dated

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Medium and dimensions

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




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


No scale bar is given but the dimensions of 10:9½ and 10:4½ correspond to the scale given on preceding drawing, q.v. for section of roof truss and note. See note to preceding drawing (No.5)


<>P.du Prey, John Soane's architectural education 1753-80, 1977, p.288



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