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image SM Adam volume 28/11

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SM Adam volume 28/11


[3] Finished drawing showing the elevation (west) towards Chancery Lane, 1771-74, unexecuted


Elevation (west) towards Chancery Lane showing a building divided into blocks. With a three-storey, nineteen-bay central block, with a hipped roof, surmounted by a large dome; and with the central three bays slightly projecting, and with an arcade in the ground storey, surmounted by a Corinthian portico, and pediment with acroterion sculptures. This is flanked by four curved bays, with an arcade in the ground storey, surmounted by a Corinthian colonnade; and the end three bays are projecting, articulated by pilasters, and with a central tripartite window surmounted by a fan light within a relieving arch on the first storey. This central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay balustraded links, with a central blind arch, flanked by blind doors surmounted by roundel overdoors, and rectangular figurative panels; and beyond are three-storey five-bay pedimented wings, with a central arched door, flanked by arched windows, and with projecting end bays containing relieving arches over the windows on the ground storey; and above the bays are articulated by engaged Corinthian columns, with a central balustraded Venetian window within a relieving arch, flanked by sculpture-filled bays; and beyond are further links to the same design, and three-and-a-half-storey, fifteen-bay pavilions, with the central three and end three bays projecting, and with an arcade in the ground storey of the central three bays, surmounted by pedimented windows on the first storey, articulated by a portico of engaged Ionic columns, above which is an attic containing oculus windows, and crowned by sculpture


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Court of Chancery and Lincolns Inn Elevation fronting towards Chancery Lane (in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 2 / 2

Signed and dated

  • 1771-74
    date range: 1771-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (2136 x 473)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


D&CBLAUW IV (twice) and XD&CB within a cartouche (twice)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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