The Theatres of Inigo Jones and John Webb

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 28, 1985 - Architecture - 218 pages
As surveyor of the King's Works, Inigo Jones was responsible for the visual aspects of the masques performed at the various royal palaces, and both he and his pupil John Webb designed a number of regular theatres at Court. This book gathers together all of the drawings for playhouses which they prepared for the drama proper, excluding the more specialised designs for the Court masque. The designs are close to the mainstream of theatre development in the seventeenth century, ranging from the Cockpit in Drury Lane, 1616, to the Hall Theatre at Whitehall half a century later. Some of the designs are newly identified; others are reinterpreted, and many individual drawings are reassigned. As a result Jones and Webb are established as clearly the most effective London theatre builders of the seventeenth century, at least as influential in the architecture of playhouses and stages as they were in the more painterly traditions of scene design.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The theatre at Christ Church Oxford
24
The Cockpit in Drury Lane
39
Perspective scenes at Somerset House
78
The CockpitinCourt
90
The Paved Court Theatre at Somerset House
113
The Florimene Theatre at Whitehall
129
The Masquing House at Whitehall
149
An unidentified theatre project
160
The Hall Theatre at Whitehall
168
Conclusion
186
Notes
191
Index
211
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