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Chaos is Come Again !

4 Feb 1791

RCIN 810407

A hand-coloured print of the Drury Lane Theatre collapsing. The Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, managed by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was demolished in late 1791 to make way for a larger building. Rowlandson’s print, made as news of the planned demolition was becoming known, shows the theatre tumbling down during the performance of a play. Inscribed in the plate: QUI CAPIT INVENt / ILLE HABET fec. / Pubd. as the Act directs by S. W. Fores Piccadilly Febry. 4. 1791

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