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SM Adam volume 38/51


[8] Design for the riding school, 1763, as executed


Sections through the middle, and the lobby end of the riding house. The section through the lobby shows a central room with apsidal ends, and a central door surmounted by a fan-light, and with another room above on the upper register, and a pitched roof. This is flanked by one-and-a-half storey pavilions, one containing a staircase, and the other with a room on the upper and lower registers. The section through the middle of the riding house shows the end lobby and room above screened from the riding school by Doric columns flanked by niches, and surmounted by a pitched roof. This is flanked by one-storey pavilions, with lean-to pitched roofs, and with the one-and-a-half-storey pavilions each side of the lobby visible beyond


bar scale of 1 3/5 inches to 10 feet


Section through the Riding house at Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam) and underwritten in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1763
    datable to 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, yellow and pink washes on laid paper (493 x 497)


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


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



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