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SM Adam volume 49/27


[67] Finished drawing for screen, 1786, unexecuted


Plans and elevations for a colonnaded screen, articulated by Doric columns, with a central balustraded block with arched doorways in the end bays, containing half-height ironwork gates, flanked by five-bay link walls, and three-bay balustraded pavilions, with an arched and pedimented bay surmounted by a sculpted lion and unicorn, with paired columns in the end bays. The whole is ornamented with plants and foliage, and the plan shows the narrow space between the house and the screen wall


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Screen of Columns &c. for the South front of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cumberlands House in Pall Mall through which the Prince of Wales Gardens of Carlton House are seen to the East & the roof of The Duke of Marlboroughs Offices covered to the West. The Parapet wall proposed to be adorned with all kinds of Evergreens. & festoons formed in the Arches & round the Columns growing in wooden boxes places all along the wall of the Terrace

Signed and dated

  • 1786
    Robt Adam Architect 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and coloured washes including terre verte within a single ruled border on laid paper (582 x 899)


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


Number 6 / The Duke of Cumberland Pall Pall / 16


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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