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Design for a ceremonial trowel bearing the initials of King George VI for the cornerstone ceremony of the Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London

RIBA Ref No RIBA31209
Architect/DesignerO'Rorke, Edward Brian (1901-1974)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1951
Image Date1951
Library ReferencePA823/12(2)
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectTools ; Theatres ; Royal ceremonies, visits
NOTES: Brian O'Rorke was appointed architect for the Royal National Theatre following the death of its previous designer, Sir Edwin Lutyens, in 1946. The trowel shown here was designed for the ceremonial laying of the theatre's cornerstone in 1951. However, shortly afterwards the project was delayed again and a new site chosen for the building. The theatre was eventually completed in 1976 to designs by Denys Lasdun & Partners.

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