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image SM Adam volume 21/157

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SM Adam volume 21/157


[17] Preliminary designfor the fourth scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, as executed


Plan and elevation of a square, one-storey, three-bay, domed building, with a pedimented transept in the central bay of each front, flanked on either side by an urn-filled niche on the principal front. The interior has niches in each corner, a door through the porch on the central front, and catacombs in each of the other three transepts


1 1/3 inches to 1 foot


some measurements given and rough calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (175 x 240)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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