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SM Adam volume 21/116


[4] Preliminary design for the riding school, 1763, unexecuted


Plan in pencil of a five- by ten-bay rectangular building with three rooms at the front, one containing a staircase, and behind is a courtyard with stables to either side, and an elevation in pen of a one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay, pedimented central block, with an arched door flanked by fluted Doric columns, and sculpture-filled niches, and one-storey, one-bay, pedimented pavilions, with balustraded windows (verso) rough elevation as on the recto but in pencil, and a rough elevation of an internal screen wall in pencil


not to scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1763
    datable to 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (234 x 129)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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