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SM Adam volume 54/7/203


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


Section of a three-storey circular building, resting on a vaulted basement containing catacombs, which support a central spiral staircase, a colonnaded drum on the first floor, and a domed third floor


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (147 x 234)


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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