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SM Adam volume 9/139


[2] Preliminary design for stables, 1759, unexecuted


Rough elevation with a two-storey building, with a three-bay central block with a tripartite carriage entrance surmounted by a Diocletian window, balustrading along the roofline, a pyramidal roof, and the two outer bays composed of turrets with niches and tholos-shaped lantern tops. This is flanked on either side by a five-bay link with a pitched roof, alternating niches and windows, and with a sculpture panel in the upper register, and three-bay pedimented end pavilions with acroteria, the central one supporting a sculpted horse, and with a segmental pediment over the central window


not to scale but roughly 3/4 inch to 10 feet


Sketch of a Stable for Sir Natha'l Curzon to be about 200 feet long and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (328 x 148)


Robert Adam



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