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  • image SM Adam volume 44/96

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SM Adam volume 44/96


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


Longitudinal section through the building as Adam volume 44/98, with a central coved nave, ornamented with a compartmental ceiling, and with apsidal ends, ornamented with coffered semi-domes, and a five-bay screen of Corinthian columns across the aisle, and with a coved ante room at the west end forming a porch, with an apse at one end containing three sculpture-filled niches, and the lotus capital columns and pediment of the principal front are shown on the right-hand end


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Section of a Church for Durham yard (in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 3 / Chapel for Durham Yard (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1769-76
    date range: 1769-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (598 x 493)


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, p. 59
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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