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SM Adam volume 44/92


[26] Design for a church, 1766, unexecuted


Section from west to east, through a two-storey church, with a pitched roof, and a small spire containing a bell at the east end, with a door in the end bays on the ground storey, flanking half height windows, and with arched windows on the first storey, and the central three bays are recessed, and behind a screen of Doric columns on the ground storey, and Ionic columns on the first storey, and with various pencil-drawn annotations of the bell in to top right-hand quarter of the sheet


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Section through the Church for Mr Stewart Mackenzie (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash on laid paper (459 x 286)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith and William Hamilton (24-26) , with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




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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