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image SM Adam volume 35/27

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SM Adam volume 35/27


[159] Finished drawing for the elevation of the building, 1776, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay chapel, with a balustraded roof, surmounted by a three-bay drum and dome, with a central projecting portico across the entrance on the ground storey, flanked by paired Doric columns supporting a pediment, and with the end bays projecting, and on the first storey the windows are arched, and the central window is a Venetian within a relieving arch, and the end bays are articulated by Corinthian pilasters


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


The South Front of the Revd Augustus Toplady’s Chapel in the Adelphi / As intended to be (verso) 1 / 1 / Chapel for Mr. Toplady 1 Elevation 1 Section 2 Plans of the floor level of the [ _ _ _ _ _ ] / 5 Pieces

Signed and dated

  • November 1776
    Novemr 1776 (in the hand of William Adam)

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (551 x 468)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 33
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
Rowan, 2007, p. 60
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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