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SM Adam volume 39/84


[6] Finished drawing for the second scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, unexecuted


Plan of a three-bay T-shaped building containing catacombs, and with a central entrance flanked by niches and a portico of four columns on the front. Elevation of a one-storey, three-bay building with a small central dome, and with a door surmounted by a thermal window in the central bay, flanked by bays containing sculpture-filled niches, and the bays articulated by rusticated Doric columns, and ornamented with voussoirs and a Doric frieze


bar scale of 3 inches to 1 foot


Design of a Mausoleum proposed to be erected at / Bowood Park in Wiltshire by The Right / Honble The Countess of Shelburne D and some measurements given (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Robt Adam Architect 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (354 x 527)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, and inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam


VDL surmounted by fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 4
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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