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SM Adam volume 1/202


[1] Preliminary design for a church, c.1791, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a two-storey, five-bay building with a central steeple. The central bay is set within a relieving arch and framed by piers and a pediment. The flanking bays are stepped back with narrow windows and the outer bays are also stepped back with ground-floor niches and first-floor decorative panels. There is an additional tower at one end and there is also a faint sketch of a large dome with flanking turrets


to a scale

Signed and dated

  • c.1791
    datable to c.1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (180x174)


Robert Adam


Portal & Co


Bolton, 1922, p.21
King, Volume 1, 2001, pp. 381, 394
King, Volume 2, 2001, p.18
Further literary references in scheme notes



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