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SM Adam volume 9/124


[3] Preliminary design for stables, c1764, unexecuted


Rough plan and elevation of a stable court. The principal front is composed of a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay, pedimented, slightly projecting central block, with a small dome, and a central carriage arch, flanked by single-storey, three-bay links containing stables, with a door in each bay surmounted by a Diocletian window, and beyond are one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay pedimented pavilions, containing carriage arches, and with Diocletian windows in the pediments. Behind the principal front is a rectangular court containing a central oval ring, and with further stables in each rear corner, connected by colonnades to a central three-bay coach house


not to scale


Dung and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • c1764
    datable to c1764

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (254 x 190)


Robert Adam


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