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SM Adam volume 54/7/244


[22] Preliminary designs for an altar and ironwork gates, 1775, unexecuted


Rough elevations of an altar and a gateway. The altar is composed of an octagonal, arcaded, Doric portico, supported by a deep stylobate, and surmounted by balustrading, and a small drum and dome, and to one side there is a strigillated pedestal, supporting a turned candle stick. The gateway has a central, arched entrance, barred by an ironwork gate, flanked by paired columns, and surmounted by balustrading, and a smaller upper register composed of a portico, supporting winged putti flanking a clock (verso) very rough plan and elevation for a variant altar


not to scale


Altars for / Lord Clifford (all in pen) / (and in pencil) The Casts for the / Stair case & Chappel / at Ugbrooke / for Ld Clifford and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (189 x 303)


Robert Adam


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