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Watercolour - Watercolour of the Adelphi Theatre

Watercolour of the Adelphi Theatre

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1818 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morand (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour

  • Museum number:

    S.373-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This watercolour painting shows the exterior of the Adelphi Theatre in 1818. A group of audience members are entering the theatre and their coaches and horses are waiting outside. Amongst the crowds are a number of women dressed in bonnets and shawls, accompanied by gentlemen dressed in top hats and pantaloons. There is also a small flower seller carrying a wicker basket.

The Adelphi Theatre was founded in 1806 as the Sans Pareil ("Without Compare"), by merchant John Scott, and his daughter Jane (1770–1839) who was a British theatre manager, performer, and playwright. Together, they gathered a theatrical company and by 1809 the theatre was licensed for musical entertainments, pantomime, and burletta. In 1819 Jane Scott retired to Surrey, marrying John Davies Middleton (1790–1867) and in October of that year the theatre reopened under its present name, which was adopted from the Adelphi Buildings opposite.

Physical description

A watercolour painting of the exterior of the Adelphi Theatre showing audience members entering the theatre and coaches and horses waiting outside. Amongst the crowds are a number of women dressed in bonnets and shawls, a small flower seller carrying a wicker basket and gentlemen dressed in top hats and pantaloons.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)

Date

1818 (painted)

Artist/maker

Morand (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 11.3 cm, Width: 7.7 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour painting of the exterior of the Adelphi Theatre, signed Morand and dated 1818.

Materials

Water-base paint; Paper

Techniques

Painting

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Audiences

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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