C1865

The interior of the Princess’ Theatre, Melbourne.

Scarce engraving of the inside of the Princess Theatre, Melbourne in 1865. 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 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The interior of the Princess’ Theatre, Melbourne.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

237mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
The interior of the Princess' Theatre, Melbourne. - Antique View from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Scarce engraving of the inside of the Princess Theatre, Melbourne in 1865.

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 Melbourne News.

Collections:
State Library Victoria: Accession no: IMP25/11/65/168

Samuel Calvert (1828 - 1913)

Samuel Calvert (1828-1913) English painter and engraver who moved to Adelaide after his older brothers John and William migrated to South Australia in 1843. By 1850 Calvert had set up on his own account in King William Street then then moved to Melbourne as an engraver in 1853. He was a prolific and left a large body of work.

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