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SM Adam volume 4/149


[1] Preliminary design for the interior layout of the sculpture gallery, c1766-67, executed with alterations


Rough plan showing part of a house, composed of a double pile block, and a projecting wing, with an Imperial staircase, and a large rectangular room to one side with apsidal ends screened by columns, and connecting to the wing, which is composed of three spaces, with a central circular room with four niches, flanked by rectangular rooms, one of which has an apsidal end, and with rough elevations in the bottom left-hand corner showing a Diocletian window, and a sculpture-filled apse or niche


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1766-67
    datable to 1766-67

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (536 x 350)


Robert Adam


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