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image SM Adam volume 28/38

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SM Adam volume 28/38


[7] Finished drawing for principal (north) front, c1760, unexecuted


Elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building, with the roofline crowned with acroteria supporting statuary. The central three bays are projecting, articulated by giant Corinthian pilasters, surmounted by a pediment, and with a central arched entrance screened by Ionic columns. The central bay is flanked by bays containing sculpture-filled niches and the building is ornamented with inscription panels, panels of fret, sculptured panels and a frieze of swags and rosettes


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


North Front of a New Designed Library for the Royal Colledge of Physicians at Edinburgh and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (577 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias


Library for College of Physicians Edin / 8 / 7 (in brown ink)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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