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SM Adam volume 28/6


[14] Finished drawing for a triumphal arch, c1778, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-bay archway, articulated with fluted Corinthian columns. The central arch has spandrels ornamented with winged figures bearing standards, and above this there is a frieze ornamented with the Royal arms, flanked by tripods. The piers contain arched entrances, flanked by fluted columns with capitals ornamented with anthemia and arabesques, imitating the frieze behind. The spandrels of the entrances are ornamented with military trophies, and above this there is a figurative roundel, flanked by Classical military figures. Above this there is a frieze of urns, flanked by winged griffins and tripods. All this is surmounted by figurative scenes, alternatively depicting tributes to Britannia and George III


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


A Third Design for a Gateway at Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (611 x 489)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 41
Rowan, 1988, p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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