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SM Adam volume 38/21


[3] Finished drawing showing an elevation for the first scheme for additions to the building, unexecuted


Elevation of a crenellated curtain wall, with a three-storey, three-bay central block, with a central door, being the only opening on the ground storey, and the window above the central door is within a relieving arch, and the central block is flanked by three-bay circular towers, and beyond are two-storey six-bay links, with windows in the first storey, and beyond are two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay square towers, further six-bay links, then three-storey, three-bay circular towers, thirteen-bay links, and further circular towers


bar scale of 3/5 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the Wall for the first Design of the King's Bench Prison (underwritten in pencil) (verso) 1 / 1

Signed and dated

  • 1773
    datable to 1773

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (796 x 325)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 41
Astley, 2000, pp. 34-35
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Robert Adam's Castles, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 16 June - 16 September 2000
Robert Adam's London, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 30 November 2016 - 11 March 2017

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