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image SM Adam volume 35/29

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SM Adam volume 35/29


[157] Finished drawing for the ground plan of the building, 1776, unexecuted


Ground plan of a five-bay chapel, with the central entrance behind a portico of paired columns, and a staircase to the gallery to either side of the entrance, and the nave and aisles are articulated by three columns, and with a segmental altar at the end, and with a three-bay vestry in the far corner, also containing stairs to the gallery


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Chapel intended to be Built for the Revd. Augustus Toplady in the Adelphi and some measurements given (verso) 3 / 3

Signed and dated

  • November 1776
    Adelphi Novemr 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and green and yellow wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (558 x 460)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


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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