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image SM Adam volume 45/44

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SM Adam volume 45/44


[7] Finished drawing for a church showing an elevation of the west (entrance) front, c1772-81, unexecuted


Elevation of the west front of a single-storey church with a pitched roof. There is a central door ornamented with an architrave supported by consoles, and flanked by paired Doric pilasters supporting a pediment with a Doric frieze containing a tablet. The portico is surmounted by a domed clock tower, and flanked by arched windows


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the End of the Parish Church that will be seen from / George Ross Esqr his Estate near Cromarty (verso) 1

Signed and dated

date range: 1772-1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (356 x 504)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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