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Adam volume 54/7/256


[3] Finished drawings showing a screen at the west end of the Royal Terrace, c1768-69, unexecuted


Profile of a three-bay screen wall, with a central fountain in the ground storey, with a strigilated containing wall, supported by a stylobate of three steps, a mask-shaped spring flanked by festoons, and set within a relieving arch ornamented with a fan. On the first storey is a central balustraded balcony, flanked by lotus capital columns, and showing a view to a lotus capital colonnade behind; this area is attended by staffage to give scale. The outer bays of the first storey contain figurative sculpture on pedestals, and are flanked by lotus capital pilasters. There is a frieze of festoons across the entire façade, surmounted by an attic in the end bays, ornamented with busts within oval niches, flanked by bands of scrolled hearts


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1768-69
    datable to c1768-69

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (233 x 339)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 69, 77
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