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SM Adam volume 31/11


[20] Finished design for the library, c1788, unexecuted


Elevation of a building as SM Adam volume 31/18, with minor alterations. The portico of the central building has a frieze of rosette roundels, and there are the arms of the University of Cambridge, flanked by festoons set within the tympanum. The octagonal drum of the belvedere contains Diocletian windows


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for the Library of Kings College Cambridge (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / No 29 (pencil) / faint pencil inscription

Signed and dated

  • c1788

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (1252 x 533)


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


Cambridge Selected Plan / 1 / 1 / Adam 31/11 DRAWER 2 31/11 (modern curatorial hand, pencil)




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 173-79; Index, p. 6
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 54
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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