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Engraving - H Beard Print Collection

H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:

    Engraving

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    25th November 1812 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whittle, James (publisher)
    R. H. Laurie (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand coloured etching

  • Credit Line:

    Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard

  • Museum number:

    S.40-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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

Physical description

Hand-coloured engraving showing the front view of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with pedestrians and carriages in the foreground.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

25th November 1812 (published)

Artist/maker

Whittle, James (publisher)
R. H. Laurie (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Hand coloured etching

Dimensions

Height: 29.2 cm, Width: 44.3 cm

Descriptive line

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.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Etching (printing process); Hand-colouring; Print-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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