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image SM Adam volume 27/46

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SM Adam volume 27/46


[17] Preliminary design for the proscenium arch and stage, c1789, unexecuted


Elevation of a proscenium arch, with an ornamental frieze, and beyond this there is a stage flanked by Corinthian screens supporting a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The screens flank relieving arches, and to the rear of the stage there is an archway flanked by Corinthian columns. Beyond this there is the rotunda (south) entrance, with a pedimented portico, and this is surmounted by a dome supporting a spire


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (301 x 225)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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