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image SM Adam volume 28/54

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SM Adam volume 28/54


[8] Finished drawing for the third scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, unexecuted


Plan of the basement storey of a square mausoleum containing a circular room with a central column, an entrance to one side flanked by engaged columns, eighteen catacombs, a spiral staircase in one corner of the building, and the exterior ornamented with blind windows, and niches either side of the door on the principal front


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


Ground plan of the Mausoleum Marked C. / For Lady Shelburne (in the hand of William Adam) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Robt Adam Architect 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (457 x 523)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam, and additional inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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