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SM Adam volume 10/157


[3] Preliminary design for a church showing a plan and elevations of the west (entrance) and north (side) fronts, c1772-81, unexecuted


Plan and elevations of the west and north sides of a church. The plan shows an octagonal church with rectangular projections to east and west. The elevations show a single-storey, octagonal church with a conical roof, with a single-bay projection to the rear (east), and a single-bay projection to the west (front). On the west front there is a central pedimented door surmounted by a domed clock tower


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1772-81
    date range: 1772-1781

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (157 x 313)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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