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SM Adam volume 40/55


[1] Design for a Gothic temple, c1758, executed


Elevation of a three-bay building, with three-light lancet-arched windows of reticulated tracery within ogee-headed relieving arches, ornamented with shields, and each bay articulated by engaged compound piers. The temple is surmounted by balustrading, a half-storey tower ornamented with a clover-leaf cross and quatrefoil openings, and the entire roofline crowned with pinnacles ornamented with crockets


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for Lord Scarsdale at Kiddlestone

Signed and dated

  • c1758

Medium and dimensions

Pencil and brown pen on laid paper (316 x 261)


Not an Adam office hand, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 400
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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