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image SM Adam volume 29/101

Reference number

SM Adam volume 29/101

Purpose

[12] Design showing a plan and longitudinal section for a mausoleum, 1776, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and longitudinal section of a rectangular mausoleum, with a rectangular projection at the rear, with a central entrance on the pedimented principal front, behind which is an oval entrance lobby, with three urn-filled niches at each end, and beyond is a catacomb chamber with two layers of arched cells on three sides (verso) pencil-drawn preliminary design as Adam volume 29/100

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Section through the Catacombs / Plan of the Catacombs for Lord Cathcart and some measurements given (verso) Lord Cathcarts Mausoleum / This to be placed Twenty Second (in red pen)

Signed and dated

Adelphi July 16t. 1776.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (384 x 511)

Hand

Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam

Watermark

JWHATMAN

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 225
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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