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SM Adam volume 54/7/137


[18] Preliminary design for remodelling Buckingham House and its entrance gate, c1761-63, unexecuted


Rough elevation of the principal (east) front with a four-storey, five-bay central domed central block, with an arcaded, rusticated basement, Venetian windows on the first floor, and a portico of eight giant columns supporting a pediment, flanked on either side by three-storey ranges. The range to the right is seven bays in length with pedimented windows on the first floor, and the range to the left is eight bays in length, with an arcaded rusticated basement, and the bays articulated by giant columns in the upper register


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1763
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (229 x 137)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume I, p. 49
Tait, 1993, pp. 51-52
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 129, 221
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004

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