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image SM Adam volume 10/107

Reference number

SM Adam volume 10/107

Purpose

[11] Alternative preliminary design for the Pall Mall (south) front, c1789, unexecuted

Aspect

Part-elevation of a three-storey, thirteen-bay building, with the central bay and the six-bay right-hand block shown. The central bay has a balustraded, projecting portico, articulated by paired Tuscan columns, raised on plinths ornamented with ram masks and festoons. Within the portico there is a stepped entrance with a fanlight, set within a relieving arch. The capitals are fluted and there is a frieze of enclosed rosettes(?) All this is surmounted by a drum ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and supporting a stepped, ribbed dome with a spire. The right-hand block has a hipped roof, with statuary surmounting the roof line. At the ground-storey level there is an arcade, formed with wide, segmental-headed openings, flanked by entrances with fanlights. At the first-storey level there are balustraded windows, and this is surmounted by three-quarter-height windows, and by half-height windows in the upper register

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1789
    c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (289 x 252)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Watermark

PORTAL & BRIDGES

Literature

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

Level

Drawing

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