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Watercolour - The Exterior of Drury Lane Theatre
  • The Exterior of Drury Lane Theatre
    Schnebbelie, Robert Blemmell
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The Exterior of Drury Lane Theatre

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1821 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schnebbelie, Robert Blemmell (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 51, box A

This watercolour records celebrations held at the Drury Lane Theatre in London. They were held on two successive Mondays, 18 and 25 June 1821. The celebrations commemorated the Battle of Waterloo of 1815, when the Duke of Wellington defeated the French emperor Napoleon. They also celebrated the approaching coronation of George IV of England.

The entertainment lasted for four hours. There were plays, music, a masquerade, refreshments and a ball. This watercolour captures the glamour of the event and the anticipation of the audience.

Physical description

Watercolour depicting a theatre and a crowd, illuminated by gas light.

Place of Origin

London (probably, painted)


1821 (painted)


Schnebbelie, Robert Blemmell (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper


Height: 18.8 cm size of paper, Width: 18.8 cm size of paper

Descriptive line

Watercolour entitled 'Exterior of Drury Lane Theatre', by R.B. Schnebbellie. London, 1821.


Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Crowd scenes; Gas light; Theatre


Drawings; Paintings; Entertainment & Leisure


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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