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SM Adam volume 51/68


[1] Finished drawing for a screen wall and gateway, c1764, unexecuted


Elevation of a five-bay screen wall and gateway, with a central carriage arch containing doors, flanked by enclosed rosettes, and articulated by fluted Spalatro order columns, supporting a Doric column with enclosed rosettes and ox skulls, and a pediment with three acroteria. The central gateway is flanked by single-storey, single-bay links, containing a door, flanked by urn-filled niches, and surmounted by a rectangular compartment containing rosettes and festoons, and beyond the link the end bay is slightly projecting, and with a pyramidal roof, and containing doors, flanked by Doric pilasters ornamented with scrolled hearts, and surmounted by a Diocletian window within a fluted frame, and flanked by enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 2 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Design of a Porte Cochere for The House of The Right Honble Lord Holland in Piccadilly and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (636 x 478)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


Number 12 (in red pen) / Lord Hollands Gateway




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 45
Rowan, 1988, p. 60
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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