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SM Adam volume 21/65


[6] Preliminary design showing the elevation of the clerks’ office towards Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 1772-74, unexecuted


Rough elevation of the clerks' office, showing a two-storey, fifteen-bay block, with a pitched roof, and a rusticated ground storey, and with the central three bays projecting, with relieving arches over the windows on the ground storey, surmounted by a Doric portico and pediment with acroterion sculptures, and the central first-storey window is set within a relieving arch, and these central three bays are flanked by three bays with the first-storey windows surmounted by oculus windows, and set within relieving arches, and the end three bays are projecting, articulated by Doric columns/pilasters in the first storey, with a central apse containing a window, and these three projecting bays are surmounted by an attic crowned by sculpture, and the whole has a fluted frieze


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1772-74
    date range: 1772-74

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (309 x 190)


Robert Adam


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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