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SM Adam volume 34/78


[1] Design for a plan of a mausoleum, 1790, as executed


Ground plan comprising a square foundation with central projections on three sides, and on the fourth side, two projections flanking a central bay


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


Plan of the foundation of a Mausoleum for Westerkirk with some dimensions / (verso) Mausoleum for the Johnston t[sic] Westerkirk / (in another hand) Westerkirk Drawing / (in another hand) This should be put Fourteenth

Signed and dated

  • 10/03/1790
    Albemarle Street / 10th March 179[_] datable to 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and pink wash on laid paper (462x300)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, John Robertson or John Paterson


Bolton, 1922, p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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