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image SM Adam volume 10/121

Reference number

SM Adam volume 10/121

Purpose

[35] Preliminary design for the pyramid gate, 1776, executed with minor alterations

Aspect

View of a gate, flanked by a perimeter wall, and set within a landscape. The gate is composed of a central pyramid; with an aedicular arched opening running through the middle, flanked by small windows, and surmounted by a medallion; and the pyramid is flanked by short link walls terminating in pedestals, ornamented with festoons and supporting sculpted sphinxes

Scale

not to scale

Signed and dated

datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (289 x 204)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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