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H Beard Print Collection

Engraving
25th November 1812 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The third theatre on the site in Drury Lane was destroyed by fire on 24 February 1809. After an energetic fundraising campaign the fourth Drury Lane theatre, built to designs by Benjamin Wyatt, opened on 10 October 1812. This print was published a month later. The unnamed artist has emphasised the building's imposing frontage by exaggerating its size and showing it to be towering over the pedestrians and carriages. Wyatt's theatre is the one which stands in Drury Lane today


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Hand coloured etching
Brief Description
Hand-coloured engraving showing the front view of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, published 25 November 1812 by James Whittle and Richard H. Laurie. Harry Beard Collection.
Physical Description
Hand-coloured engraving showing the front view of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with pedestrians and carriages in the foreground.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.2cm
  • Width: 44.3cm
Credit line
Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard
Summary
The third theatre on the site in Drury Lane was destroyed by fire on 24 February 1809. After an energetic fundraising campaign the fourth Drury Lane theatre, built to designs by Benjamin Wyatt, opened on 10 October 1812. This print was published a month later. The unnamed artist has emphasised the building's imposing frontage by exaggerating its size and showing it to be towering over the pedestrians and carriages. Wyatt's theatre is the one which stands in Drury Lane today
Other Number
F.93-2a - H Beard collection numbering
Collection
Accession Number
S.40-2008

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record createdFebruary 12, 2008
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