Shakespeare's Globe Center--USA:
Center for Globe Research
Architectural information on the current reconstruction
|Long before Sam Wanamaker, or anyone, attempted to reconstruct
the Globe, scholars have always been able to study depictions of Shakespeare's
theatre in panoramic drawings of London.
||The difficulty with this is that they are too many and too
different to give an accurate idea of what the theatre looked like.|
|As these first three examples show us panoramic artists and
mapmakers could not quite agree on the size and shape of the Globe, making
it anywhere from hexagonal to completely round.
||The most accurate panorama (determined by its overall accuracy
with minute architectural details of famous surviving London buildings)
is that by Edmund Hollar. Ironically, he mislabeled the Globe as the bear-baiting
pit next to the Globe. A properly labeled version (a miracle of computer
technology) is in the header at the top of this page.|
| Scholars not only fixed the label, but also
examined the picture to see what architectural information it might yield.
They counted the number of windows Hollar put on the Globe, and used this
to determine the number of sides on the structure. |
||It was primarily through this evidence that the original plan
for the new Globe called for 24 sides, as shown in this early model.|
However, discovering the remains of the original Globe
theatre and her contemporary sister the Rose, would cause the new Globe
architects and scholars to reconsider.
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