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image SM Adam volume 35/28

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SM Adam volume 35/28


[160] Finished drawing for the section through the building, 1776, unexecuted


Section through a chapel as Adam volumes 35/29, 35/30 and 35/28, showing the east end with an altar within a relieving arch, flanked by Corinthian columns, and the galleries to either side, and the central nave has a coved ceiling surmounted by a drum lantern and dome


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Section thro’ the dotted line of Mr Toplady’s Chapel in the Adelphi (of Mr Topladys Chapel in the Adelphi in the hand of William Adam) (verso) 2 / 2

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen, wash and pink and yellow washes within a single ruled border on laid paper (553 x 472)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


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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