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SM Adam volume 34/76


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


Elevation of a single-storey, single-bay building with a central niche within a relieving arch, with a panel flanked by bucrania above followed by a continuous fluted frieze and moulded cornice, with a domed roof


bar scale of 3 inches to 10 feet


South Front of a Mausoleum for Westerkirk

Signed and dated

  • 23/12/1790
    Edinr. 23 Decer 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured wash including Payne’s grey and Naples yellow on laid paper (464x299)


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


W surmounted by fleur de lis within a crowned cartouche


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



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