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SM Adam volume 4/27


[1] Survey drawing of the west entrance to Magdalen Chapel, Oxford, ND


Above- Elevation of part of an ogee doorway which is surrounded by a band of foliage terminating in a winged putto. Above the doorway there is a castellated panel ornamented with figures, and these set within gothic arches articulated by Tuscan columns and surmounted by pinnacles and anthemia. Set in between the figures there are square panels ornamented with quatrefoil surmounted by rosettes(?) Below- Elevation of part of a cornice, ornamented with a band of calyx and a band of trefoil leaves


not to scale


Door in [the] (crossed through) Mauddlin Colege, Oxford / Cornice in the Arcade of the Quadrangle of Maudlin Colege Oxford

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (193 x 320)


Robert Adam


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