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SM Adam volume 52/157


[11] Preliminary designs for ironwork railings, c1776


Above- Elevations of ironwork railings ornamented with scrolled hearts and calyx, and railings ornamented with bands of Vitruvian scroll Centre- Elevations of ironwork railings ornamented with scrolled hearts, anthemia and rosettes, and railings ornamented with calyx, enclosed within semi-circular bands Below- Elevation of iron railings, with overlapping ovoids ornamented with rosettes and anthemia, and railings ornamented with anthemia enclosed within semi-circular bands, and within lozenges surrounded by rosettes


not to scale


(in pencil) Church Yard Raile / From Raile leaving(?) the Altar in Mistley Church- and some dimensions and figures given

Signed and dated

  • c1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (300 x 379)


Robert Adam


PROPATRIA - Maid of Dort


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 23



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