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Preliminary design, alternative finished drawings, and a drawing made for publication for the Admiralty Screen wall, 1759 (4)

Adam volume 9/105 shows an early preliminary design for the screen, drawn in Adam's own hand, apparently before he had a clear idea of the final design. Adam volume 51/103 is an alternative design to Adam volume 35/1 which was executed and remains in situ. Adam volume 35/1 was engraved for the elevation of the screen found in the posthumous supplement to the Works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (III: XII).

In Brunias's beautiful perspective drawing of Whitehall (Adam volume 35/4) - attributed to Brunias by Rowan - we can see the top of Thomas Ripley's Admiralty building behind Adam's screen. The sheet has been folded four times, most likely when it was sent for engraving. It was published in February 1761 for sale by Andrew Millar in the Strand for 2s 6d. along with an elevation and plan based on Adam volume 35/1, and it was also engraved for inclusion in the Works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (I:IV:I). The figurative sculptures shown in niches in this drawing - and the engraving - are unlikely to have been executed as they do not appear in any other contemporary view.
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