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SM Adam volume 9/160


[1] Preliminary design for the first scheme for the mausoleum, 1761, unexecuted


Rough part plan and elevation of a building with a narrow, rectangular vestibule of one storey and seven bays. This is articulated by Doric columns, with a central door, flanked by two bays containing niches. With figurative sculptures on pedestals in the projecting end bays, which are surmounted by sarcophagi. Behind the vestibule is a two-storey, circular drum and dome, containing three windows. There are also details of the frieze and the sarcophagi in the top right-hand corner


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    datable to 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (189 x 133)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 215
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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