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SM Adam volume 51/104


[124] Preliminary design for a gate and lodges, 1777, as executed


Plan and elevation of a tripartite gateway, with ironwork gates, and articulated by two rectangular pyramid-topped piers supporting lamps, and the gateways are flanked by single-storey, single-bay pyramidal pavilions, containing a window ornamented with a fluted architrave, a flute frieze with a tablet of festoons, and with a central chimney stack, and with various pencil-drawn annotations


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Gate and Lodges for Osterly Park / (and in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton) Complete Copy at Osterley / Undated

Signed and dated

  • May 1777
    Adelphi May 15t 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil with a triple ruled border on laid paper (479 x 621)


Robert Adam


No 33 This / Robert Child Esqr / Lodge Greenhouse & Iron railing


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 25
Rowan, 1988, p. 78
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 351
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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