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  • image SM Adam volume 31/108

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SM Adam volume 31/108


[41] Finished drawing for a gateway, unexecuted, c1761-3


Plan and elevation of a triumphal-arch ornamented with lion masks and swags on the pedestals, paired rusticated half Roman Doric columns, a mask in the keystone, and a central ox skull in the entablature, flanked by picket fences, and with trees behind


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


For Willm Drake Esqr Buckinghamshire and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761-63
    date range: 1761-63

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (467 x 352)


Robert Adam, title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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