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Reference number

SM Adam volume 30/38


[1] Finished drawing for a curtain wall around an observatory, c1770, unexecuted


Plan of an oval screen wall ornamented with niches around a rectangular building with a screened porch. In front of this are four columns, suggestive of a portico, flanked on either side by railings


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Plan of Screen round the Observatory at Muswell Hill for Topham Beauclerk Esqr (for Topham Beauclerk Esqr in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1770
    datable to c1770

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (496 x 340)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonom, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 218
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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