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SM Adam volume 10/100


[13] Alternative preliminary designs for the Pall Mall (south) front, c1789, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, thirteen-bay building, with the central bay as SM Adam volume 10/108, but shown with alternative domes as SM Adam volume 10/107 and 10/108. The right-hand block is as SM Adam volume 10/108. The left-hand block is as SM Adam volume 10/107, but with minor alterations, including alternate balustraded windows flanked by Tuscan columns at the first-storey level; and the addition of short Tuscan pilasters in the upper register


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (433 x 251)


Robert Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Sheppard, 1960, Volume XXIX, (i), p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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