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  • image SM Adam volume 38/67 (verso)

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SM Adam volume 38/67 (verso)


[3] Preliminary design for the first storey of a chapel, c1778, unexecuted


Plan of the first storey of a five-bay building, flanked by carriageways which link to a coach house, stable block and semi-circular-fronted courtyard. The building has a central stepped entrance leading to an apse, and beyond this there is a central aisle flanked by colonnades and pews. The central three bays of the courtyard facade are projecting, and contain a stepped entrance which links to a circular hall. The hall is flanked by a square room and a staircase


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Coach House (pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1778

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (327 x 508)


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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