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SM Adam volume 39/17


[26] Preliminary design for the passage between the library and the chapel, 1780; it is not known if this design was executed


Elevation for part of a wall, showing trefoil-headed compartments, containing staffs supporting shields; and with a window set in a multi-lobed relieving arch, ornamented with lozenges and quatrefoils, with a tablet and shield surmounted by a military trophy


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot


Only 5 recesses besides the large one done in the original which were slightly shaded & not colourd / Section of one side of the Chapel at Alnwick Castle, from A to B on the Plan (underwritten in pencil) / The Duke of Northumberland (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 05/12/1780
    Adelphi / 5t. Decr. 1780

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (662 x 497)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 1
Harris, 2001, pp. 90, 343
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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