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Finished drawings showing a screen at the west end of the Royal Terrace, c1768-69, unexecuted (2)

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One incongruous element of the design is the ruinous portion of the façade, which – like the general basic geometry of the Royal Terrace – appears to have been lifted from Adam’s observations of the Palace of Diocletian at Split.

The addition of this screen was presumably intended to provide privacy to the houses within the scheme, although it was not executed in the end. The intended location of the screen is not known. King has suggested that the screen would have fitted into the Adelphi better on the north side of John Street – bridging the gap left to provide the Coutts brothers’ house with a light – rather than on the Royal Terrace, but there is no clear evidence and this is not known.

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