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SM Adam volume 34/75


[2] Design for an elevation of a mausoleum, 1790, as executed


Elevation of a single-storey, three-bay building with a central pedimented entrance comprising panelled double-doors with a keystone, supported by paired quasi-Greek Doric columns with bucrania, flanked by niches with a continuous fluted frieze above, with a domed roof


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


West Front of a Mausoleum or Burying place for Westerkirk / (in the hand of William Adam) the Seat of / Sir James Johnstone Bart / (verso) Mausoleum at Westerkirk / 6 Pieces [ _ _ _] 4 elevations / Plan / from no 6

Signed and dated

  • 23/12/1790
    Edinburgh 23 Decer 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured wash including Payne’s grey, Naples yellow and ochre on laid paper (465x281)


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


J Whatman


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



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