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Reference number

SM Adam volume 39/83


[2] Finished drawing for the first scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, unexecuted


Plan of a mausoleum with a circular building containing catacombs, and a spiral staircase to one side. With a loggia of five by one bays, with the central three bays open and articulated by engaged columns, flanked by end bays containing niches, with a pilaster on each corner, and a window in the one-bay side fronts


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plan of the Mausoleum marked A for the Countess of Shelburne at Bowood [for the Countess of Shelburne at Bowood in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil] and measurements given (verso) 3 / Number 22 / Plan of a Mausoleum for Lady Shelburne Marked A

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Robt Adam Architect 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (479 x 593)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam, with addition to the title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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