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  • image SM Adam volume 1/140

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SM Adam volume 1/140


[5] Preliminary design for a gateway, c1778, unexecuted


Elevation of an archway, with piers containing entrances flanked by Ionic columns, and this is surmounted by a tablet ornamented with an ox skull and festoons. Above this there is a figurative roundel and caryatid supports. The arch is surmounted by a balustrade, terminating in plinths ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and surmounted by a recumbent lion


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (210 x 184)


Robert Adam




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