Sir Philip Skippon

Published Sources

"An Account of a Journey made thro' part of the Low-Countries, Germany, Italy and France," A Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol VI, p. 506-508. (ed. Awnshan Churchill) London, 1732). Skippon describes productions seen at the Teatro SS. Giovanni e Paolo and the Teatro San Salvatore.

He includes three diagrams:

  • Floor plan of the Teatro SS. Giovanni e Paolo
  • Mechanized flat wing scene change using central shaft and counterweight
  • Flying machine utilizing a tracked sled and graduated shaft

In addition Skippon describes a border changing machine using a central shaft and a brailed front curtain.

He includes drawings of the central shaft scene change machinery and a flying machine and discusses other devices.

the development of scenice spectacle


usittThis material is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Initiatives Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and by grants from the University Research Council, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Appalachian State University.


Dr. Frank Mohler
Department of Theatre & Dance
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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