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image SM Adam volume 44/93

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SM Adam volume 44/93


[20] Design for a church, 1766, unexecuted


Plan of the ground storey of a church, with a three bays on the east and west fronts, both with a central door flanked by niches. There are nine bays on the north front, with a central three-bay projecting bow, and with seven bays on the south front, with the central bay projecting as a three-bay transept. The building contains a staircase, as well as spiral staircases in the north-east and north-west corners of the church, and with pews in between


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the Church for Mr Stewart Mackenzie (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1766
    datable to 1766

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (483 x 285)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Nasmith and William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG surmounted by cartouche with garter and surmounted by fleur de lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 67
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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