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SM Adam volume 29/1


[1] Finished drawing for an entrance screen, 1767, unexecuted


Elevation of a screen, with a three-bay central block in the form of a triumphal arch, with a central arched doorway, flanked by doors surmounted by square overdoors containing portrait medallions, with the bays articulated by fluted Corinthian columns, and surmounted by a frieze of rinceau, figurative sculpture, and an attic with an inscription panel reading Carlton House and this flanked by rectangular relief panels containing royal arms. The central block is flanked by five-bay links, articulated by pilasters with lotus capitals, and rinceau ornamenting the shafts, and the bays containing alternating sculpture-filled niches and square-headed niches, each surmounted by a square panel containing a portrait medallion, and the links have a frieze of rosettes and festoons. Beyond the links are single-bay, pedimented pavilions, containing arched doors, ornamented with a band of Greek key fret, and articulated by fluted Corinthian columns, and with a frieze of rinceau. The links and pavilions are surmounted by sculpted military trophies


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Skreen for Carlton House (in the hand of William Adam) / Skreen for Carlton House (in pencil) (verso) [cropped]kreen for Carlton House / This to be placed First (in red pen) / Design for a Skreen for Carlton House / [cropped]eens House, Carlton House & Montague House

Signed and dated

  • 1767
    datable to 1767

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (992 x 572)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 43
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 221
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



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