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image SM Adam volume 44/98

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SM Adam volume 44/98


[150] Design for the building, c1769-76, unexecuted


Plan of a rectangular building, with the central five bays on the principal (east) front projecting, with a central three-bay colonnade, screening an elliptical lobby with two niches at each end, and flanked by niches, and inside the building is a large circular room, with an apse at each end, containing a window flanked by niches at the east end, and screened by two columns at the west end, and the curving side walls also contain two niches each, and are screened by four columns each, and with a small circular room with four niches in each corner of the building


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Church intended to be built in Durham yard (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and some rough calculations in pencil (verso) 4

Signed and dated

  • 1769-76
    date range: 1769-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (594 x 499)


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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