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SM Adam volume 10/155


[1] Preliminary design for a church showing a plan and elevation of the west front, 1772-81, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a church. The plan shows an octagonal church with pews running vertically, with a circular pulpit on the south side, and apses on the east and west sides, and with circular towers on the west front. The elevation shows a one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building with a pitched roof, with a central door with a fan light, flanked by circular towers with cupolas and arched windows


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1772-81
    date range: 1772-1781

Medium and dimensions

date range: 1772-1781


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
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