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SM Adam volume 51/94


[66] Design for the gateway, c1763-65, executed with alterations


Elevation with a central segmental carriage arch with ornamental iron gates, flanked by Composite pilasters ornamented with arabesques and surmounted by two lamps and a lion. To either side the carriage arch is flanked by a five-bay colonnade of Composite columns, with ironwork fences in between and supporting a fluted entablature and lamps, and beyond a one-storey, one-bay, pyramidal lodge with a central stack and an urn-filled niche, and with pencil annotations of details of the ornamentation below


to a scale


Sion Gateway (verso) No 25 / Unknown

Signed and dated

  • 1763-65
    datable to c1763-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (584 x 493)


Adma office hand, possibly George Richardson, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
Beard, 1978, p. 44
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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