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

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RIBApix ref no RIBA31208
Architect/DesignerO'Rorke, Edward Brian (1901-1974)
CountryUK: England
CityLondon
Subject Date1951
Image Date1951
MediumDrawing
Library ReferencePA823/12(3)
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes 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 mallet 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.

Subject tags

theatres, royal ceremonies, visits, tools