pp 715, 722.
The information provided within this source is much the same as that given within the 1868 edition of the book.
In addition, this edition also contains the following:
“Covent Garden Theatre, was designed bу Albano, and executed at a coat of 40,000l. The greatest width of the internal area is 62 feet, two feet wider than Her Majesty's Theatrr: the greatest height is 54 feet. The decorations are gold and white; nnd the ceiling is enriched with allegorical figures. There are six tiers of boxes (210) in part divided by caryatides. The house holds npwarJ of 3000 persons. […]
The Opera Stage at night is an extraordinary scene. Place your back to the dark curtain, waving gently in the draught. Look up, and in the roof you distinguish a misty glare of gas, in which you can discover monstrous beams, extending like the lowest yards of a first-rate line-of-battle ship, and somewhat as loosely, dangling ropes, tackles with pulleys, &c. Blocks are creaking; you hear huge iron windlasses clicking rapidly; and you descry dingy phantoms of scenes, technically denominated ‘cloth,’ majestically rising with a slow motion, like black clouds. These are ascending, one behind the other, in a lurid light; and you see on each side, at some distance, a tall ladder-looking series of deal frames in perspective, black with smoke and grimy with dust, leather hose, gas pipes, bright lights, and brass apparatus; series of brilliant jets, starring in extend line, blue clouds and amber-water, columns with wreaths, [?], and flat-nosed statues; traps and stray rocks are interjectionary in a confused assemblage of carpenters in paper caps and corduroy, dusky gasmen; gentlemen with their hats in their hands, and in black dress coats and white neckerchiefs; pot-boys; fairies with a silver star on their foreheads; burly gods, with broad faces red with ochre, roseate foreheads, raven ringlets, and gimlet eyes; kings displaying superb black whiskers, with crowns on their head, and crimson draperies; one or two dressers in muslin caps, with perhaps a cracked teacup to be seen in the hand; and persecuted princesses in spangled gauze.- Cooks’ Musical Almanack 1851” (722).