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image SM Adam volume 51/69

Reference number

SM Adam volume 51/69

Purpose

[65] Finished drawing for a gateway, executed with alterations, 30 March 1785, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of a nine-bay screen of Doric columns, surmounted by a frieze of swags and ram masks, and flanked by three-bay gate lodges, with a central balustraded carriage arch, flanked by one-bay lodges with rectangular windows within reliving arches. There are feint pencil-drawn annotations

Scale

1/5 inch to1 foot

Inscribed

Gateway for Cumberland House / No copy of this made

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 30t March 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash wash on laid paper (379 x 540)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam

Verso

Number 13 / Cumberland House / Design of House and wings 2d design / Done in 1781 (in a later hand)

Watermark

fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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