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SM Adam volume 45/5


[7] Unfinished design for a lodge and gateway, c1778, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay building, with the pedimented central three bays slightly projecting. There is a central stepped entrance with a cornice and a single storey Tuscan porte cochère. At the first-storey level there is a balcony with a wrought iron balustrade, which extends around the building. To the left-hand side of the principal building there is a half-bay link building, and a two-storey, three-bay arch. The spandrels are ornamented with rosettes, and the archway is flanked by niches and panels ornamented with ox skulls and swags. Above the arch there is a Tuscan balustraded screen with a frieze of fluting and rosettes, surmounted by a plain tablet. The screen terminates in single-bay, pedimented pavilions, with friezes of arabesques Below – Plan of a central entrance and porte cochère Left- Preliminary elevations and a preliminary plan for archways (pencil)


bar scale of 2 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Lodge at the Green Park for Lord William Gordon (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (665 x 359)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Preliminary oval sketches (pencil)


IV / banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 45
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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