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  • image SM Adam volume 28/38

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SM Adam volume 28/38


[7] Finished drawing for principal (north) front, c1760, unexecuted


Elevation of a one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay building, with the roof line crowned with acroteria supporting statuary. The central, projecting three bays form a pedimented portico, articulated by giant Corinthian pilasters. The central bay contains an arched entrance, screened by Ionic columns, and this is flanked by sculpture filled niches, with tablets ornamented with fret and relief urns above. The portico has a frieze of festoons and rosettes, and the tympanum is bordered by dentils. All this is flanked by single-storey bays, with hipped, half-roofs and niches containing statuary, with inscribed tablets above


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


North Front of a New Designed Library for the Royal Colledge of Physicians at Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam) and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1760
    datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (577 x 435)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Library for College of Physicians Edin / 8 / 7 (in brown ink)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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