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SM Adam volume 51/81


[1] Preliminary design for a triumphal arch, gatehouses and screens, c1778, unexecuted


Plan of a tripartite archway with the central arch set with columnar screens, and flanked by footways. To the east there is a pair of colonnaded entrance screens, terminating in gatehouses, and containing central gateways which provide access to driveways to the north and south


to a scale


Plan of the Gateway for Hide Park Corner (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (267 x 222)


Robert Adam, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Hyde Park Corner Gateway / 7 / 7 / 4 (crossed through) / (brown ink) November 17


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



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