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Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atkinson, Eric, born 1928 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    paper, printing ink

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This etching by the British artist Eric Atkinson (b.1928) shows one of the boxes and members of the audience during an evening of Variety at the New Cross Empire Theatre, on the corner of New Cross Road and Watson Street, in 1951.

The New Cross Empire was designed by the renowned British theatre architect Frank Matcham (1854-1920) and opened on 31 July 1899 under the management of Oswald Stoll (1866-1942), a co-founder of the Stoll-Moss theatre group. Seating 2,000, the interior was designed in Louis XIV style, with interior decoration by Messrs. Waring Ltd. The theatre was closed on 10th July 1954 and demolished in July 1958.

Physical description

Etched print depicting a view of the boxes at Variety Night at New Cross Empire Theatre in 1951

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1951 (made)


Atkinson, Eric, born 1928 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

paper, printing ink

Marks and inscriptions

'Eric Atkinson/ Variety Night 1951 Exhibited/ New Cross Empire/ Dry Point etching.'
'[illegible] Scottish Academy 1952./ R.S.A. Summer Show.'
'to Jack Reading 1992.'
Hand-written on a card mounted that has been removed.


Height: 21.7 cm Print size, Width: 21.7 cm Print size

Descriptive line

A view of a theatre box with audience members at a Variety Night at New Cross Empire Theatre, 1951. Etching by Eric Atkinson (b.1928)


Paper; Printing ink


Etching (printing process)


Entertainment & Leisure; Audiences


Theatre and Performance Collection

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