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SM Adam volume 2/77


[69] Preliminary design for the end of a terrace forming part of the forecourt to Cumberland House, 1788, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay building, with a central arched door, surmounted by a Venetian window and clock on the first floor, and with chimney stacks above. The end bays are pedimented on the ground floor, with openings screened by columns, and surmounted by alcoves, and a frieze of scrolled hearts enclosing anthemia on the first floor, and supporting a sculpted lion and unicorn on the roof


not to scale


Cover for the Wall of Mr Christie's auction room next the Terrace at Cumberland House

Signed and dated

  • January 1788
    Janry '88

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on cartridge paper (226 x 179)


Robert Adam


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



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