Rudolphe Cabanel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Rudolphe Cabanel (also Rudolph) (1763–1839)[1] was a German architect, engineer and machinist, known for his work on British theatres.

Life[edit]

Cabanel was born at Aachen in 1782. He came to England early in life, and settled in London. He died in Mount Gardens, Lambeth, on 5 February 1839.[2]

Works[edit]

Royal Cobourg Theatre, 1819 engraving

Cabanel was employed in construction of several theatres. He designed the stage arrangements of the old Drury Lane Theatre for the reconstruction of the 1790s; in 1811, after the theatre was destroyed in a fire, the designs of Benjamin Dean Wyatt were preferred.[3] He worked on the Royal Circus (later named the Surrey Theatre), 1805 (burnt down 30–1 January 1868), and the Royal Cobourg Theatre, 1818.[2] At Sadler's Wells Theatre he reconstructed the auditorium, from 1802, following a model by Richard Hughes.[4]

He was the inventor of the "Cabanel roof", and a number of theatrical machines.[2]

Family[edit]

Harriot Cabanel, a dancer at the Royal Circus and Rudolphe's sister, married the actor Jack Helme.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Philip H. Highfill; Kalman A. Burnim; Edward A. Langhans (1982). Habgood to Houbert. SIU Press. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-8093-0918-4. 
  2. ^ a b c  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Cabanel, Rudolph". Dictionary of National Biography 8. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ Earl, John. "Cabanel, Rudolphe". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4288.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ Philip H. Highfill; Kalman A. Burnim; Edward A. Langhans (1982). Hough to Keyse. SIU Press. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-8093-0919-1. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Cabanel, Rudolph". Dictionary of National Biography 8. London: Smith, Elder & Co.