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SM Adam volume 51/78


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


Above- Elevation of an entrance screen, with a central Doric arch, capitals containing rosettes, a frieze of fluting and a further frieze of rosettes and festoons. The central arch has a wrought iron gateway, and the piers contain niches bearing statuary, with a figurative roundel set above. All this is surmounted by a plinth ornamented with the Hanoverian coat of arms, a crown and crossed sceptres, all flanked with further festoons and rosettes. The plinth is surmounted by a seated Britannia, flanked by a recumbent lion and unicorn. The central arch is flanked by Doric colonnades, surmounted by lanterns, and with wrought iron fences. The screen terminates in single-bay pavilions, with a central relieving arch containing a window, and this is set within a Doric portico with a frieze containing a portrait roundel and festoons. All of this is surmounted by a drum, supporting a ribbed dome Below - Plan of an entrance screen as above. The pavilions contain circular corner niches, with one intended for a staircase


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (592 x 463)


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


3 / 2 / 3 (crossed through)




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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