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SM Adam volume 41/48


[31] Design for a cupola for the stables, 1776, as executed in 1827-29


Plan, elevation and section of a circular cupola, with a clock at the base, sheltered by a broken-base pediment, and above this the structure is divided into an arcade, articulated by monopteral Ionic columns, supporting a domed roof surmounted by a weather vane


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot


A Design of a Cupola for the Stable Offices / at Nostel. The Seat of Sir Rowland Winn Bart (the Seat of Sir Rowland Winn Bart in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 15/10/1776
    Adelphi October 15t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (492 x 594)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 358
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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