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SM Adam volume 51/73


[36] Record drawing for the pyramid gate, 1776, as executed


Plan and elevation of a gate and lodge, set within a pyramid, with a central semicircular-headed carriage arch, flanked by engaged Doric columns supporting a pediment, and to either side are slit windows, beyond which are a lodge and bedroom, and the pyramid is flanked by a perimeter wall, terminating in a pedestal supporting a sculpted sphinx, and beyond is a low perimeter wall


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


Design of a Gateway for the Park at Nostel. One of the Seats of Sir Rowland Winn Bart / to be situated at the approach to the House from the York and Pontefract roads / Plan of the Gateway / Lodge / Bed room / A / B / C / D and measurements given in pen and pencil (verso) Number 15 (in red pen)

Signed and dated

  • 15/10/1776
    Adelphi October 15t 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (496 x 732)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 24
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 358
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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