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image SM Adam volume 44/91

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SM Adam volume 44/91


[25] Design for a church, 1766, unexecuted


Elevation of the east end of a two-storey, three-bay pedimented church, with a clock in the tympanum of the pediment, surmounted by a small spire, with a central door flanked by niches, and with half height windows on the first storey, and with a pencil-drawn annotation in the top right-hand corner, showing a detail of the top of the spire


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Church for The Right Honble / Stewart Mackenzie (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (236 x 374)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith or William Hamilton


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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