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SM Adam volume 54/7/172


[1] Preliminary design for the riding school, 1763, unexecuted


Plan of a five- by six-bay rectangular building, with three rooms at the front, one containing a staircase, and separated by screens of two columns, and there is also a screen of two columns across the central entrance, and behind these rooms is a courtyard with aisles behind colonnades to either side, and with a three-bay bow across the rear front, and this is screened from the courtyard by two columns


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1763
    datable to 1763

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (74 x 127)


Robert Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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