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image SM Adam volume 54/4/8

Reference number

SM Adam volume 54/4/8

Purpose

[21] Preliminary designs for a Gothic window, c1766-75, unexecuted

Aspect

Four rough elevations for a tripartite Gothic window, a central arched window, flanked by lower windows. The first and second designs are composed of pointed arches, and divided into tracery, and the first being surmounted by a pediment and crockets, and the second design having a stepped top, with the central portion pedimented, and surmounted by crockets. The third design has the form of a typical Venetian window, but surmounted by triangles above each window, and with crockets, and the fourth design is pencil-drawn, unfinished, and surmounted by triangles above each window, and with crockets (verso) two further rough elevations for a tripartite Gothic window as on the recto. The first design is pencil-drawn, with tracery, and a large rose window above the central light, and this is surmounted by a triangle, and the whole is surmounted by crockets, and the second design has three rectangular lights containing tracery, and the central, taller light is surmounted by a small pediment, and the whole is surmounted by crockets

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

Sketches of Gothick Windows for / the Rt Honb The Lord Clifford and some pencil calculations

Signed and dated

date range: 1766-75

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (205 x 329)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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