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SM Adam volume 32/105


[6] Finished drawing for a gateway, 1773, executed with alterations


Elevation and plan of a gateway with a pair of double wooden carriage gates to the left and right. The carriage gates are flanked by piers in the form of pilasters ornamented with festoons and rosettes and surmounted by an urn, and the wall between the gateways is ornamented with a band of rosettes


bar scale of 2 ½ inches to 10 feet


Gateway for Apsley House for the Lord Chancellor (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • June 1773
    Adelphi June 3rd 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (528 x 572)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or William Hamilton with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


This to be followed (?) Twenty First (brown ink) / Lord Bathurst Plans Fronts & Sections of Apsley House / 20 / 6 /




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 44
King, 2005, p. 280
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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