Interior of the late theatre Drury Lane

Interior of the late theatre, Drury Lane built by Henry Holland Esq, destroyed by fire 24 February 1809.
This theatre had been rebuilt after a fire in 1804. The playwright and MP, Sheridan, who owned it at the time of the conflagration, hurried from the House of Commons when news of the fire reached him. He is said to have sat with a friend in a coffee-house opposite, watching the fire over a bottle of port, and coolly remarked that it was ‘hard if a man could not drink a glass of wine by his own fire!’