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SM Adam volume 38/20


[1] Finished drawing for a hospital chapel and wing, c1759, unexecuted


Plan of a square building with a stepped portico entrance which contains a pair of circular staircases. The portico leads to a circular space surrounded by apses, with the apses to the rear containing further staircases. There is a central aisle which leads to a stepped pulpit, and this is crossed by a further aisle. Both aisles provide access to the pews, which form a circle. The building is supported by an internal colonnade. This block is flanked by colonnaded, curved link passages with central stepped entrances. The passage of the left-hand-side links to a nine-bay building with the central three-bays projecting, and these contain a stepped entrance. The entrance leads to a hall which is surrounded by rectangular rooms, and there is a dog-legged staircase to the rear


to a scale


Plan of Lock Hospital Chapel / with one of the wings- (all in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and Naples yellow wash on laid paper (963 x 632)


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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