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image SM Adam volume 54/7/247

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SM Adam volume 54/7/247


[12] Preliminary design for a gateway or triumphal arch, c1774, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a tripartite gateway, composed of three arches, the central arch being the widest, and articulated by engaged, fluted Doric columns, and with an attic ornamented with fluting and swags


not to scale


Lord Roseberrys Plan reduced with a Screen inside / of Apartments

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (161 x 190)


Robert Adam


Preliminary pencil-drawn rough elevation for a long stool or bench, with scrolled arms


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