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image SM Adam volume 44/89

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SM Adam volume 44/89


[23] Preliminary design for a church, 1766, unexecuted


Elevation of the north front of a two-storey, nine-bay church, with a pitched roof, with pencil-drawn acroteria on the west end, and with a small spire at the east end, with half height windows on the ground storey, and arched windows on the first storey, except for the central window which is rectangular, and the central three bays projecting, with an Ionic portico on the first storey, supporting a pediment


1 1/4 inches to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (478 x 238)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


LVG surmounted by cartouche with garter and surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 67
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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