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SM Adam volume 1/4


[5] Preliminary design showing an axial section through the rotunda, c1765-68, unexecuted


Axial section through the central rotunda, with a domed ceiling ornamented with octagonal coffering, above an entablature ornamented with a Vitruvian scroll, dentils, and fret, and with a central arched door, flanked by engaged Ionic columns supporting a pediment, and surmounted by a rectangular relief overdoor panel, and the door is flanked by rectangular sculpture-filled recesses, and beyond are apses with coffered semi domes, and containing sculpture-filled niches which are articulated by Ionic pilasters(?), and each recess and niche is set above a rectangular panel containing a ram mask flanked by festoons


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: c1765-68 (see scheme notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (215 x 179)


James Adam (attributed by Prof A A Tait)


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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