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SM Adam volume 19/151


[51] Presentation drawing for a temple, 1771


Plan and elevation of a rectangular, pedimented temple with an apse at either end (north and south), and a three-sided bow on the rear (east) front. The principal (west) front is centred on a large semicircular arch, flanked on either side by an urn-filled niche and circular figurative panel. The wall is ornamented with pilasters and a frieze of swags, husks and bows. The plan contains a rough pencil-drawn design for the ceiling


bar scale of 1/2 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    1771 (in pencil)

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (452 x 608)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with pencil annotations in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Bryant, 1990, p. 53
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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