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Reference number

SM 61/5/8


[4] Survey of the theatre, one overlaid with preliminary design, datable to 13 October 1790


Plan of the King's Theatre in the Haymarket


bar scale of 3/20 inch to 1 foot


as above, Plan No 2 / The lines shaded with Red are the different Walls of the new / Building // The space colored Blue is Mr Dayrell's Property, Haymarkett, White horse yard, Markett Lane, Union Court, Scene Room, Dressing Room (twice), Dressing / Room (twice), Coffee Room, Old Stage 54 feet, New Stage, door, opening at the end of the stage, door, calculations amounting to £135:2, Per Lease 144- // per measts 135.2// 8:10, (pencil) door, door,

Signed and dated

  • datable to 13 October 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, pen and grey, black, blue and yellow washes, on laid paper (682 x 556)


Soane office, with title added later by George Bailey (Soane Museum curator, 1837-60)


Soane's Journal No 1 records that on 9 October Chawner took a plan of the old opera house to Mr O'Reilly, and on 13 October he left at Mr Withams's house a drawing of the old opera house 'with the outline of the new one shewn upon it'. This drawing and SM 61/5/7 correspond to these entries, showing surveys of the old opera and one overlaid with a new design in pink wash (this drawing). The 'old opera' corresponds with Novoskielski's design on SM 61/5/9. The new opera is much wider and occupies the adjoining site to the south purchased in June 1790 (SM 61/5/2).



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