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image SM Adam volume 51/79

Reference number

SM Adam volume 51/79

Purpose

[18] Alternative finished drawing for a screen and gatehouses, c1778, unexecuted

Aspect

Above- Elevation of an entrance screen formed of a central arch, with a wrought iron gate and spandrels ornamented with rosettes. There is a frieze of further rosettes and a central tablet, with an apron of guttae. The arch is surmounted by a plinth ornamented with festoons and a rosette, and supporting a statue of Britannia surrounded by trophies, and this is flanked by recumbent stags. All this is flanked by Doric screens with wrought iron fences and pairs of Doric porticoes. The screens are surmounted by plinths, alternatively supporting a recumbent lion and unicorn. The pedimented porticoes are alternatively formed with an open arch and a blank arch containing a widow. The capitals and spandrels are both ornamented with rosettes Below- Plan of an entrance screen, as above

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/14 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Design for Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / Extends 132 feet and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1778
    177[8] (cropped)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper within a single ruled border (595 x 464)

Hand

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

Verso

Another set of designs for Hyde Park Gateway / 3

Watermark

PVL

Literature

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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Drawing

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