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image SM Adam volume 44/95

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SM Adam volume 44/95


[152] Finished drawing for the building, c1769-76, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey, seven-bay building, with the central five bays projecting, and articulated and screened by lotus capital pilasters and columns supporting a pediment, with a clock in the tympanum, and three sculpture-filled acroteria, and with a central pedimented door, flanked by two bays of sculpture-filled niches, and with pedimented windows in the recessed end bays, and the whole has a string course of Vitruvian scroll, surmounted by rectangular panels of arabesques, a sub-frieze of rosettes, festoons and winged sphinxes, and a frieze of strigils and calyx


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Design of a Church for Durham yard (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1769-76
    date range: 1769-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (599 x 488)


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
Rowan, 2007, pp. 58, 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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