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image SM Adam volume 51/98

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SM Adam volume 51/98


[5] Preliminary design for a screen wall and gateway, c1770-76, unexecuted


Elevation of a screen and gateway in the form of a Corinthian triumphal arch, with Portland House written on the attic, flanked by a curved screen wall to either side, inset with urn-filled niches, and flanked by wooden doors between pyramid-topped piers, and small pavilions, with pyramidal roofs, and with Venetian windows within relieving arches


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


dimensions given

Signed and dated

date range: 1770-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (931 x 327)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 48
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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