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SM Adam volume 40/49


[13] Preliminary designs for an ironwork gate, 1759, executed with alterations


Elevation of an ironwork double gate within an arch, ornamented with bands of enclosed anthemia and a frieze of strigils and lotus flowers


8 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Gateway for Lord Scartsdale at Kittleston (sic)

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (305 x 510)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias or Laurent-Benoît Dewez, with pencil annotations in the hand of Robert Adam, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam


LVG and fleur-de-lis withi crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, p. 77
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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