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image SM Adam volume 21/147

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SM Adam volume 21/147


[156] Finished drawing showing an alternative elevation for the building, c1769-76, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-bay church, with pedimented doors within relieving arches containing fan lights in each bay, and articulated by fluted Doric columns, surmounted by a Doric frieze ornamented with rosettes, a balustrade, and a central tower, ornamented with an urn-filled relieving arch, three sculpture-filled niches articulated by Ionic columns supporting a fluted frieze and a pediment, and an octagonal drum supporting a circular colonnaded drum, a dome, lantern, and weather vane


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • 1769-76
    date range: 1769-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (330 x 462)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


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



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