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SM Adam volume 33/80


[4] Finished design for a church, 1791, unexecuted


Front elevation of a two-storey church 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 a continuous cornice above ground and first floors


bar scale of ¾ of an inch to 10 feet


Front of a new design for the Church of Laswade (in the hand of William Adam) / (verso) No 2

Signed and dated

  • 1791
    Robt Adam Archit 1791

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, and wash within a ruled border on laid paper (446x311)


Adam, Robert (1728--1792)
Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison or John Robertson


GR surmounted by a fleur de lis within a crowned cartouche


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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