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SM Adam volume 27/85


[1] Design for the proscenium, 1775; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation of a proscenium, flanked by sections of three-storey boxes, and with an architrave ornamented with drops of calyx up each side, and with calyx alternating with miniature rosettes in the lintel, with a central tablet containing a portrait medallion of Shakespeare, flanked by winged figures, and with an apron of drapery


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Method proposed for finishing the Front of the Stage which covers the first Curtain and is never changed, The Apotheosis of Shakespear (sic) / by the Tragic & Comic Muses / Box / Box / Box / Stage

Signed and dated

  • 08/05/1775
    Adelphi / May 8th 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and coloured washes including pink and Indian yellow on laid paper (457 x 328)


Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 37
Survey of London, 1970, pl. 11a
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'The Cloud-Capped Towers': Shakespeare in Soane's Architectural Imagination, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 21 April - 8 October 2016

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