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image SM Adam volume 54/7/194

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SM Adam volume 54/7/194


[2] Preliminary designs for the building, c1772, unexecuted


Rough plan of a rectangular building, with three rectangular screened recesses on each long side, and a single rectangular screened recess on each of the short sides, and with a central door on each of the long sides, with a horseshoe-shaped staircase across the rear, and a rectangular screened loggia at the front, flanked by horseshoe-shaped staircases, and with a rough wall elevation below, showing one of the long walls, with three recesses screened by Doric columns, articulated by large Doric pilasters, and surmounted by two sets of Diocletian windows (verso) similar pencil-drawn plan


not to scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1772
    datable to c1772

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (162 x 208)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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