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SM Adam voliume 38/18


[4] Finished drawing for a hospital chapel, c1759, unexecuted


Axial section of a two-storey building, with a domed roof containing an oculus and a stepped, Corinthian portico entrance on the left-hand side. The portico has a frieze ornamented with ox skulls and festoons. The internal space contains a giant Corinthian colonnade, which supports a balcony with tiered seating at the first-storey level. The terminating pilaster for the balcony is ornamented with a herm, and the ceiling is bordered by a band of dentils


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Section of Lock Hospital Chapel (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1012 x 651)


Office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 39
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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