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SM Adam volume 2/125


[68] Preliminary design for the end of a terrace forming part of the forecourt to Cumberland House, 1787, unexecuted


Elevation of two alternative designs for the end of a terrace. One design has a large alcove flanked on either side by Corinthian pilasters, and surmounted by a pediment and acroteria. The other is bow-fronted, with a Corinthian portico, surmounted by a deep entablature, and roofed by a drum and dome, with a lion to the right and a unicorn to the left


not to scale


Sketch for the end of the Terrace at Cumbd House

Signed and dated

  • July 1787
    5th July 1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia wash on laid paper (203 x 257)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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