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The Burning of Drury Lane Theatre from Westminster Bridge. Oil painting. View taken from Westminster Bridge where spectators and three firemen can be seen. The spire of St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Giles-in-the-Fields, St. Mary-le-Strand and St. Clement Danes, with York Building Waterworks Co. tower dominate the skyline. The Royal Terrace, the Adelphi and Somerset House are also visible and part of Lambeth shore is on the extreme right. Drury Lane Theatre (1791-4) was designed by Henry Holland and burnt down on the night of 24 February 1809. It was constructed primarily of wood, with bricks used only to fill in the framework. Luckily, the fire started just after eleven o'clock, when the theatre was empty. It took less than a quarter of an hour for the fire to engulf the entire building.
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