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SM Adam volume 21/195


[55] Preliminary design for a monument or triumphal entrance screen, unexecuted, date range: 1767-83


Rough elevation of a pyramidal structure, with a central arched, rusticated, and pedimented entrance, flanked by pilasters, surmounted by a one-bay portico set against the pyramid, screened by caryatids, with a frieze of festoons, and surmounted by a military trophy, and possibly a figure of Britannia or Justice. The pyramid is flanked by one-storey, one-bay links, with flat roofs, and one-storey, one-bay pavilions, articulated by pilasters, surmounted by sphinxes, and with pyramidal roofs (verso) rough elevation as on the recto but with additional pencil-drawn annotations


not to scale


Painting Lord Mansfields Columns [ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / with Mr Kennedy

Signed and dated

  • 1767-83
    Date range: 1767-83

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (292 x 187)


Robert Adam


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