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image SM Adam volume 32/11

Reference number

SM Adam volume 32/11

Purpose

[2] Finished drawing for a screen at the west end of the Royal Terrace, c1768-69, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of a screen wall, with a central two-storey, three-bay compartment, with a rectangular figurative relief across the ground storey, surmounted by a balustrade lotus capital colonnade, surmounted by a lintel which carries the frieze of festoons which runs the full length of the building, and this central compartment is flanked by two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay walls, articulated by lotus capital pilasters on the first storey. The left-hand wall has a rectangular figurative relief across the ground storey, surmounted by a balustraded apse, with a coffered semi-dome, and flanked by sculpture-filled niches, surmounted by square relief panels, and with grisaille and trophy panels in the upper register. The right-hand wall has two doors on the ground storey, flanked by small rectangular figurative relief panels, surmounted by two storeys of two windows within a relieving arch, and accompanied by a ruinous effect to the surface of the wall, and flanked by sculpture-filled niches, surmounted by square relief panels, and with attic windows above, surmounted by grisaille and trophy panels in the upper register

Scale

bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

No 1 (in pencil) / Design of a Skreen for the West end of the Terrace Adelphi (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) Sketchs of Blank Wall / Adelphi

Signed and dated

datable to c1768-69

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (655 x 393)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

WHATMAN

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
Rowan, 1974, p. 675
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 69, 77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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