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SM Adam volume 21/61


[7] Preliminary design showing a longitudinal section through the ballroom, c1765-68, unexecuted


Rough longitudinal section through the ballroom, with a coved ceiling ornamented with octagonal coffering, and with an apse on each side of the room, each with a coffered semi-dome, and articulated by engaged Corinthian columns, and the central apse is screened by Ionic columns, and flanked by sculpture-filled niches, and the two side apses contain smaller screened apses, and to the left-hand side is shown another room, with a door surmounted by a rectangular overdoor panel, and beyond is an apse screened by Ionic columns


not to scale

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (333 x 204)


Either Robert or James Adam


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



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