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SM Adam volume 30/60


[4] Finished drawing for the building and interior decoration, c1772


Longitudinal section through a rectangular building as Adam volume 30/62, showing the screened apsidal end on the left-hand side, and three screened recessed areas, each containing three windows, and surmounted by a large fanlight forming arched dormers in the barrel-vaulted ceiling, and with a door at each end of the recessed, and urn-filled niches in the two piers to either side of the central recess, and the decorative scheme includes a mirror in the form of a repeating Venetian window in the apse, which is articulated by terms, figurative medallions and tablets over the doors and niches, vertical compartments of arabesques, a frieze of alternating enclosed cameos and peltoid shields, columns screening the recesses with lotus capitals, and the ceiling is ornamented with fans, griffons, bands of anthemia, bands of arabesques, and bands of rosettes enclosed within connected Greek crosses


bar scale of 3 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Inside of Loyds Coffee House (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1772
    datable to c1772

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including verdigris and pink within a single ruled border on laid paper (938 x 640)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


D&CBLAUW IV and XD&CB within a cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
The Lloyds log, 1955, p. 10
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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