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SM Adam volume 51/77


[17] Alternative finished drawing for a screen and gatehouses, 1778, unexecuted


Above- Elevation of an entrance screen, with a central Ionic arch, and a frieze of festoons and rosettes. The archway has a wrought iron gate, spandrels ornamented with rosettes, and a tablet set above. The arch is surmounted by a socle, ornamented with a figurative medallion, and surmounted by an equestrian statue. This is flanked by plinths supporting military trophies. All this is flanked by three-bay screens, and the central bays contains an arched entrance, set within a Doric portico, and surmounted by a plinth, alternatively supporting a recumbent lion and unicorn. The entrance screen terminates in three-bay pavilions, with the central pedimented bay articulated by Ionic columns. This bay contains a blank relieving arch with an aedicule window and a figurative roundel set within. The flanking bays have slit windows and are surmounted by lanterns Below- Plan of an entrance screen, as above


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam) and some figures given (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (586 x 462)


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


1 / 2 (crossed through)




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 41
Rowan, 1988, p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 39, 57, pl. 46
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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