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SM Adam volume 19/122


[1] Finished drawing for a lobby or portico within a garden pavilion, 1762, possibly executed


Part plan and axial section, showing a rectangular lobby or portico with an apse on the right-hand side, and with a tripartite door on one wall, set within a relieving arch, and surmounted by a bust, and the wall is ornamented with Doric pilasters, and a frieze of festoons and rosettes


bar scale of 7/10 inch to 1 foot


Section through the Portico Showing the Method of finishing / the Arch & Door into the Room and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1762
    Robt Adam Architect 1762

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink wash on laid paper (313 x 457)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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