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image SM Adam volume 27/54

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SM Adam volume 27/54


[9] Preliminary design showing a longitudinal section through the concert hall, c1765-68, unexecuted


Rough longitudinal section through the concert hall, showing a two-storey room, with an apsidal end flanked by ornamentation in the spandrels, and with a semi-dome ornamented with octagonal coffering, and a central rectangular recess containing an organ, flanked by sculpture-filled niches, and with steps along the front of the apse, and to the right-hand side of this is another, single-storey, single-bay room with a domed ceiling, and containing a door, and to the right-hand side of the sheet is a rough alternative design for the ornamentation to the semi-dome, and a rough plan for another part of the building


not to scale

Signed and dated

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

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (294 x 193)


Either Robert or James Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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