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image SM Adam volume 39/73

Reference number

SM Adam volume 39/73

Purpose

[4] Design for the Diocletian wing, 1769, executed with alterations

Aspect

Elevation of the south front of the Diocletian wing, being a single-bay, pedimented carriage arch, with three acroteria and paired Spalatro columns, flanked on either side by balustraded, arcaded and colonnaded single-storey, four-bay links. The links contain glazed arches, and with rectangular windows in the far wall, and further single-bay carriage arches ornamented with a frieze of fluting, supported by Spalatro columns. Beyond are further links the same as the previous, and three-storey, three-bay, pyramidal pavilions, with pediments on the third floor. In the left pavilion is a window with a splayed surround flanked by niches on the ground floor, and in the right is shown a section of a single-storey, single-bay link corridor [to the older house]. With pencil section annotation below, and dome over the central carriage arch

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Design of Offices at Bowood the Seat of the Earl of Shelburne, with Green House (in the hand of William Adam) (and in pencil) S[ _ _ _ _ _ ] of Offices at Bowood / the Earl of Shelburne / with Green Houses (verso) 2

Signed and dated

datable to 1769

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (102 x 375)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

LVG and fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and IHS IVILLEDARY

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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