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SM Adam volume 45/48


[5] Finished drawing for a church showing a ground plan, c1772-81, unexecuted


Ground plan of a church, with an octagonal nave containing pews facing the octagonal pulpit on the north side, and with a screened apse to east and west, behind each of which is a lobby with two apses and a staircase to the gallery above, and with external stairs to east and west


bar scale of 2 ¼ inches to 10 feet


Plan of a Parish Church for George Ross Esqr. Near Cromarty shewing the disposition of the / Pews & place of the Pulpit &c also of the Porches & stairs up to the Niches above (verso) 5

Signed and dated

  • 1772-81
    date range: 1772-1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and pink wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (354 x 534)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


Fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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