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SM Adam volume 1/166


[149] Preliminary design for the building, c1769-76, unexecuted


Rough plan of a rectangular building, with the central three bays at the east end projecting, and containing a three niches behind a segmental perimeter wall, and with the central five bays on the principal front projecting, with a central three-bay colonnade, screening an elliptical lobby, flanked by niches, and accessed by straight external stairs, and flanked by recessed bays containing doors, and inside the building is a large circular room, with an apse containing niches at either end, and with a small circular room with four niches in each corner of the building


not to scale


some rough calculations given

Signed and dated

  • 1769-76
    date range: 1769-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (158 x 207)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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