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SM Adam volume 39/76


[19] Design for the fourth scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, as executed


Elevation of the rear front of a three-bay, domed, square chapel with an oculus skylight in the dome, with one storey above ground, and one subterranean storey, and with small wings ornamented with Doric pilasters to either side. There is a blind arch in the central bay, flanked by a portico of Doric pilasters supporting a pediment, and flanked on either side by niches. The whole is ornamented with a Doric frieze. Below, the subterranean storey is rusticated, with a central arched bay containing a door surmounted by a Diocletian window


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Back Front of the Chappel and Entrance of the Mausoleum for / the Countess of Shelburne at Bowood (in the hand of William Adam) and dimensions given (verso) 2

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (475 x 618)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
Beard, 1978, p. 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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