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image SM Adam volume 33/40

Reference number

SM Adam volume 33/40


[41] Design for a banqueting house, 1785, unexecuted


Profile of a building as in Adam volumes 33/38, 41-42, 112, but with a tripartite window in the upper register of the central block, and showing the porte cochère to be composed of an arch


to a scale


For the Earl of Lonsdale (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) 3 Elevations 1 Plan for Lord Lonsdale

Signed and dated

  • 1785
    datable to 1785

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (300 x 516)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 245
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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