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SM 45/6/2 verso


8 Rome: Tor di Nona Theatre: copy of measured drawing


Cross section of roof truss and detail of scarfed tie beam


bar scale of ft English to a scale of 2¾ inches divided by 10; a further unrelated, rough bar scale of 1¼ inches divided by 10


Teatro Tordinona / Tutti le Travi di Castagno in generale / Pezzo di Abete secchio / con certi altri

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, some pricking for transfer, traces of red sealing wax at corners on laid paper (394 x 550)




The dimensions given tally with the scale. See following drawing for part-plan of roof. There are (? unexecuted) designs by Carlo Fontana (1634-1714) in Sir John Soane's Museum (SM volume 117). Comparing the thumbnail plan on the following drawing with Fontana's several plans shows that his auditorium has raked sides which Soane's does not. Fontana's designs do have 5 Tiers of Boxes but fewer than 25 Rows of Seats. The medieval Tor di Nona (Torre dell'Annona) was replaced by a theatre in 1667. Altered, rebuilt and finally demolished to make way for the embankments of the Tiber in 1888.



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