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image SM Adam volume 29/40

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SM Adam volume 29/40


[9] Alternative finished drawing giving a plan and elevation for a gateway and lodges, 1777, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a gateway, composed of a carriage arch barred by ironwork gates, flanked by engaged fluted Doric columns, supporting a Doric frieze and a central tablet of figurative relief work, and the attic includes a pedestal supporting a sculpted winged griffon, and the gateway is flanked by three-bay links, composed of a Doric colonnade, barred by ironwork gates, and beyond are single-storey, single-bay domed and pedimented lodges, and the elevation is set within a landscape


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Gateway and Lodge for Knowsley Park (verso) Earl of Derby Gateways & Porters Lodges / 4 / 4 / 10 (in pencil) / This to be placed Tenth (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • 15/02/1777
    Adelphi Febry 15t. 1777.

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (627 x 471)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 1992, Volume II, p. 221
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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