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SM Adam volume 30/1


[9] Finished drawing for the principal elevation, c1772-79


Elevation of the south (principal) front of a two-storey, thirteen-bay building, with a flat roof, surmounted by a large drum and dome, with a rusticated ground storey, containing windows within relieving arches, and with the central three bays projecting, with a central door accessed by a straight flight of steps, and with the bays above in the first storey with balustraded windows surmouted by panels containing festoons, and articulated by fluted engaged Corinthian columns supporting a pediment, with a medallion containing the royal coat of arms in the tympanum, and the central three bays are flanked by four-bay links, and single-bay projecting pavilions, with Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey, flanked by fluted engaged Corinthian columns, and the roofs balustraded, and surmounted by bell towers


bar scale of 1 1/2 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the South Front of a Building for the Register Office in Scotland and some measurements given (verso) Register Office for Scotland right ones

Signed and dated

  • 1772-79
    datable to c1772-79

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (944 x 537)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


D&[CBLAUW] (on affixed portion)


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
For a full list of literature reference see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam, The Creative Mind: from the Sketch to the Finished Drawing, Sir John Soane's Museum, 4 October 1996 - 1 March 1997; The Frick Collection, New York, December 1997 - April 1998; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May - June 1998; The Octagon Museum, Washington, July 1998 - January 1999; Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, February - March 1999

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