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SM Adam volume 51/103


[2] Finished drawing for the Admiralty Screen wall, 1759


Elevation with a central triumphal arch with dolphin relief panels, a balustrade above the cornice, and two sculpted winged seahorses, flanked by closed colonnades of four Tuscan columns with a door bay, and three-bay domed, pedimented pavilions, with minor pencil annotations


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Admiralty / See 105. Vol 9 (in pencil in the hand of Sir John Summerson) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    Robt Adam Architect 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1099 x 386)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


LVG and cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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