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SM Adam volume 10/88


[6] Preliminary design for the principal front of a hospital chapel, c1778, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, five-bay building as SM Adam volume 2/82, with minor alterations. The central entrance is replaced with a tripartite window and the flanking niches contain urns. The surmounting statuary group is replaced with a coat of arms, and there are flanking carriage archways to the right and left of the building. The left-hand arch is surmounted by a tablet. The right-hand arch has medallions set within the spandrels and is surmounted by statuary and urns


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (345 x 253)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 59
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 66
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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