C1872

Exterior of the New Theatre Royal, Bourke-Street, Melbourne.

Early engraving of the second Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal was first built in 1855 by John Melton Black. It was capable of holding 3300 people and was comparable in size to London’s Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres. The opening … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Exterior of the New Theatre Royal, Bourke-Street, Melbourne.

Date:

C1872

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

215mm 
x 210mm
AUTHENTICITY
Exterior of the New Theatre Royal, Bourke-Street, Melbourne. - Antique View from 1872

Genuine antique
dated:

1872

Description:

Early engraving of the second Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal was first built in 1855 by John Melton Black. It was capable of holding 3300 people and was comparable in size to London’s Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres. The opening production was Richard Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. Described as a “magnificent theatre”, the £60,000 cost of the theatre’s construction ultimately bankrupted Black. In April 1872 the theatre burned down, but was immediately rebuilt bigger and better by George Coppin, the well known actor, theatre manager, entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician. The new theatre could now seat 4,000 people over four tiers, and opened in November of the same year.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Australian News.

Albert Charles Cooke (1836 - 1902)

Cooke was a painter, engraver, draughtsman and illustrator. Throughout his career he worked for many of the Illustrated newspapers, such as the Illustrated Sydney News, Illustrated Australian News, The Australasian Sketcher and The Leader. He was also well known for a series of birds eye views of a number of Australian cities and towns.

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