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  • image SM Adam volume 23/237

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SM Adam volume 23/237


[120] Detail drawing for a gateway, 1779-1782, unexecuted


Elevation of a detail of a gateway, showing the upper portion of an arch, articulated by engaged Doric columns, and in the form of a triumphal arch, with a Doric frieze, and a central figurative bas relief panel in the attic, and with drawn pencil annotations


to a scale


N.B. The pannell is 2.9 wide 4.9 high & 4 ins deep / the Bass relief must be only 3 inches thick

Signed and dated

  • May 1781
    Adelphi / 29t May 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (217 x 275)


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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