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SM Adam volume 28/7


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


Side elevation of triumphal arch, articulated by fluted Corinthian columns, with a central arched entrance, flanked by paired Doric pilasters, and panels depicting military trophies. The spandrels of the entrance contain further trophies, and there is a frieze of anthemia and arabesques. Above this there is a roundel depicting a winged figure and chariot, and this is flanked by further panels of military trophies. Above this there is a frieze of swags and rosettes, and all this is surmounted by statuary, and a plinth ornamented with a figurative scene


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Part of a 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 (593 x 488)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with part 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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