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SM Adam volume 36/3


[7] Design for a building, c1787, unexecuted


Axial section of a three-storey, three-bay building, with a basement storey, all surmounted by a central dome flanked by pitched roofs. At the basement level there is a central vaulted space and passage. At the first-storey level there is a central entrance with a fan light, flanked by semi-circular-headed windows, all set within relieving arches. Beyond this windows are set with Doric screens. At the first-storey level there is a central colonnaded, domed room, with a balustraded window, set with a composite screen, and with a lunette above. This is flanked by niches containing urns. Beyond this, further colonnaded rooms have windows set within high relieving arches, and with composite screens and wrought-iron balconies. Above this there are further lunettes, flanked by reclining draped figures. This is surmounted by a tablet supporting an urn flanked by sphinxes, and with an apron of guttae. In the upper register there is a central window, flanked by bookcases set within niches, with further lunette windows beyond


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Whites Chocolate House- / Section from South to North marked C D on the Plan (underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1787
    (cropped) [Robt Adam Architect 1787]?

Medium and dimensions

Pen pencil and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow on laid paper (529 x 610)


Robert Adam


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Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 50
Sheppard, 1960, pp. 457-58
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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