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SM Adam volume 9/195


[1] Preliminary design for a screen wall and gateway, c1764, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a detail of a screen wall and gateway. With a central carriage arch containing doors, and flanked by Ionic columns supporting a broken-base pediment. The carriage arch is flanked by single-storey, single-bay link walls, that on the left-hand side is visible, and contains a door, and is crowned by balustrading. Beyond the link is a two-storey, single-bay, balustraded pavilion or lodge, with a pyramidal roof, a sculpture-filled niche on the ground storey, and an oculus window surmounted by festoons on the first storey


not to scale


Ionick of Le Roy

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (160 x 132)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 45
Rowan, 1988, p. 60
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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