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image SM Adam volume 28/40

Reference number

SM Adam volume 28/40

Purpose

[10] Finished drawing of a longitudinal section showiing the north end of the library, c1760, unexecuted

Aspect

Longitudinal section through a two-and-a-half-storey building, with a vaulted ground storey and with a central hall supported by Doric columns, with a central first storey entrance, surmounted by a pediment, supported by Ionic columns, flanked by chimneypieces decorated with arabesques and moulding, surmounted by figurative tablets and with a figurative tablet, medallions and festoons with masks in the upper register. The central hall is flanked by book rooms

Scale

bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Section of the South End of the Library Shewing the Book Rooms the Sub Hall & Vaulted Rooms of Ground Story / For the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh (underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (528 x 380)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias

Verso

5

Notes

This drawing is incorrectly inscribed South End of the Library, as it clearly shows the view to the north.

Literature

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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Drawing

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