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SM Adam volume 54/7/136


[20] Preliminary design for remodelling Buckingham House and its entrance gate, c1761-63, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a tripartite entrance gate, with a pedimented central block, supporting three acroteria, and with a central screened carriage arch flanked by arched doorways, and the bays articulated by Ionic pilasters. This central block is flanked by ranges containing further screened carriage arches flanked by niches, and the whole ornamented with sculpture and relief panels


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761-1763
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (264 x 185)


Robert Adam



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