SOURCE: R. Ackermann. The Microcosm of London (London, 1835), vol. I, pl. 100 after p.212 NOTES: The engraving shows the second opera house built to the designs of Sir Robert Smirke and opened in 1809 after the first opera house had been destroyed by fire the previous year. It was in turn destroyed by fire in 1856 and subsequently replaced by E M Barry's current opera house.
SOURCE: R. Ackermann. The Microcosm of London (London, 1835), vol. II, pl. 59 NOTES: During the reign of Queen Anne the theatre was called the Queen's Theatre. From the accession of George I (1714) to that of Queen Victoria (1837) it was known as the King's Theatre. During the first decade of Victoria's reign (1837- 1847) it was known as 'The Italian Opera House' and thereafter until 1901, Her Majesty's Theatre. From 1901 until the accession of Queen Elizabeth II (1952), it was known as His Majesty's.