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image SM Adam volume 1/15

Reference number

SM Adam volume 1/15

Purpose

[11] Alternative preliminary design for a triumphal arch, c1778, unexecuted

Aspect

Above- Plan of a coffered ceiling, with a central rosette, set within an octagonal compartment, all bordered by bands of guilloche Below- Side elevation and part section of a triumphal arch articulated by paired, fluted Corinthian columns, with capitals containing rosettes, and a frieze of fluting with a central tablet. There is a central relieving arch containing a window, set within an aedicule, and surmounted by a fan light. This is flanked by entrances with overdoors, surmounted by a frieze of fluting and roundels, with oculi above. Above all this there are plinths supporting statuary, and there is a cross section showing a faint ceiling design and roof timbers

Scale

to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1778
    c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (167 x 383)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Watermark

Banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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