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SM Adam volume 21/41


[4] Preliminary design showing the elevation (east) towards Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 1771-74, unexecuted


Elevation (east) towards Lincoln’s Inn Fields, showing a three-and-a-half-storey building, with a rusticated and largely arcaded ground storey, and divided into various blocks. The central block has a five-bay portico across the first and second storeys, supporting a pediment, behind which is a dome, and this is flanked by two bays, and then three-bay projections, with an additional half storey containing oculus windows, and surmounted by alternative lanterns to each side, and with an alternative arrangement of fenestration to each side, with a Venetian window within a relieving arch on the first storey on the right-hand side. The central block is flanked by curved links, with relieving arches over the windows on the left-hand side, and then three-bay projections, with porticos and pediments, and a dome on the left-hand side, and beyond are further links and three-bay projection, showing alternative fenestration to either side


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 10 feet


some measurements give

Signed and dated

  • 1771-74
    date range: 1771-74

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and pen on laid paper (1020 x 253)


Robert Adam




King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
Rowan, 2003, pp. 9, 31
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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