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SM Adam volume 28/5


[8] Finished drawing for a triumphal arch, c1778, unexecuted


Elevation of a triumphal arch with a frieze of arabesques, surmounted by a plinth supporting an equestrian statue of George III, and this is flanked by recumbent sphinxes. The central arch is articulated by fluted Corinthian pilasters and ornamented with a band of guilloche. The spandrels contain winged figures bearing standards, and above this there is a panel depicting a figurative chariot scene. The piers of the central arch form part of the three-bay arches which flank it. These are articulated by fluted Corinthian columns, with piers containing arched entrances surmounted by a string course, a figurative roundel, and friezes of rosettes and festoons, and of fluting. The three-bay arches are surmounted by plinths bearing statuary, with tablets depicting grotesques and military trophies set in between


to a scale


A Second Design of a Gateway at Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (571 x 425)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 41
Rowan, 1988, p. 56
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 38, 57, pl. 45
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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