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image SM Adam volume 21/75

Reference number

SM Adam volume 21/75


[10] Preliminary design for the third scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay circular building, with a rusticated basement containing an aedicular door and two arched windows, supporting an domed, Ionic closed rotunda with doors, niches and inscription panels, and with pencil underdrawing showing a higher drum and dome


to a rough bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


some measurements given

Signed and dated

datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (190 x 313)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215 (8-9, 11, 13)
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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