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image SM Adam volume 39/78

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SM Adam volume 39/78


[22] Finished drawing for the fourth scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, as executed


Section from front to rear of a two-storey, domed, square building, with an oculus skylight in the dome, a Doric portico and pediment on the front, and Doric pilasters on the rear, and inside are Doric columns screening recesses, and the walls are ornamented with medallions and niches. Below is a subterranean vaulted room, with a central octagonal supporting column, and containing three layers of catacombs, with a door to the right


bar scale of 1/3 inch to 1 foot


Section through the Chapple and Mausoleum for the / Countess of Shelburne at Bowood [for the Countess of Shelburne at Bowood in the hand of William Adam] Ground brought from the Sunk Story / present Ground /Wall for supporting the steps and dimensions given (verso) 4 / 4

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink and Naples yellow washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (467 x 593)


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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