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‘Prospect of the Cathedral Church of St Paul’s on the General Thanksgiving, 31 December 1706’: engraving by Robert Trevitt, reprinted in Thomas Pennant’s ‘Some Account of London’, xi (1801); the organ is by ‘Father’ Smith

‘Prospect of the Cathedral Church of St Paul’s on the General Thanksgiving, 31 December 1706’: engraving by Robert Trevitt, reprinted in Thomas Pennant’s ‘Some Account of London’, xi (1801); the organ is by ‘Father’ Smith

‘The Industrious ’Prentice Performing the Duty of a Christian’: engraving by William Hogarth from the series ‘Industry and Idleness’, 1747; the interior is believed to be that of St Martin-in-the-Fields

‘The Industrious ’Prentice Performing the Duty of a Christian’: engraving by William Hogarth from the series ‘Industry and Idleness’, 1747; the interior is believed to be that of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Chapel of the Foundling Hospital: engraving by John Sanders, 1751

Chapel of the Foundling Hospital: engraving by John Sanders, 1751

Plan and cross-section of the first King’s Theatre, opened 1709: engraving by Claude-René-Gabriel Poulleau from from G.-P.-M. Dumont’s ‘Parallèle de plans de plus belles salles de spectacles d’Italie et de France’ (Paris, 1764)

Plan and cross-section of the first King’s Theatre, opened 1709: engraving by Claude-René-Gabriel Poulleau from from G.-P.-M. Dumont’s ‘Parallèle de plans de plus belles salles de spectacles d’Italie et de France’ (Paris, 1764)

Advertisement in ‘The Times’ (26 January 1791) for Salomon’s concert series at the Hanover Square Rooms, commencing 11 February; after various delays the series, in which Haydn made his first London appearances, opened 11 March

Advertisement in ‘The Times’ (26 January 1791) for Salomon’s concert series at the Hanover Square Rooms, commencing 11 February; after various delays the series, in which Haydn made his first London appearances, opened 11 March

Interior of the third Covent Garden theatre, designed by E.M. Barry and opened on 15 May 1858: engraving from ‘The Illustrated London News’ (10 July 1858)

Interior of the third Covent Garden theatre, designed by E.M. Barry and opened on 15 May 1858: engraving from ‘The Illustrated London News’ (10 July 1858)

Motley Press

Louisa Pyne in the title role and William Harrison as Count Rupert in the original production of Balfe’s ‘Satanella’ by the Pyne-Harrison Opera Company, Covent Garden, 1858–9: lithograph by John Brandard from a contemporary sheet-music cover

Louisa Pyne in the title role and William Harrison as Count Rupert in the original production of Balfe’s ‘Satanella’ by the Pyne-Harrison Opera Company, Covent Garden, 1858–9: lithograph by John Brandard from a contemporary sheet-music cover

Elizabeth Forbes

Interior of the concert hall at the Hanover Square Rooms: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (24 June 1843)

Interior of the concert hall at the Hanover Square Rooms: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (24 June 1843)

Mary Evans Picture Library, London

Handel Centenary Festival at Crystal Palace: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (2 July 1859)

Handel Centenary Festival at Crystal Palace: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (2 July 1859)

Mansell / Time Pix / Katz

Choral concert in St James’s Hall at the time of its opening in 1858: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (10 April 1858)

Choral concert in St James’s Hall at the time of its opening in 1858: engraving from the ‘Illustrated London News’ (10 April 1858)

Mary Evans Picture Library, London

Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, designed by Leslie Martin and others, opened 1951

Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, designed by Leslie Martin and others, opened 1951

Greater London Council

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