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SM Adam volume 55/173 verso


[1] Preliminary design showing a plan for a building, c1755-56 or 1765-68, unexecuted


Rough plan of a building, with projecting three-bay wings containing niches, flanking a colonnaded concave centre, with a screened entrance, beyond which is a rotunda, screened from two segmental lobbies, and U-shaped staircase, and the rotunda is flanked by a large rectangular room for dancing, and a large rectangular room for music concerts, with a bow on the side of each


not to scale


chambre pour /La Te et la Jeus/ Endroit pour les/ Fruits et des ju[?] les/ musique/ Chambres a/ jouer il au [?] / Desau le cuisine / Directeur de Concert / Grand / niche a / jouer ou - [?] / d'allondre les / Dances / Chambre de / Danse / Fruit. En bas et / Musique en haut / Salle interiure / Salle enterieure / orchestre / Salle du / Musique / Chambres / du Livres / de / Musique

Signed and dated

  • 1755-56 or 1765-68
    dated by Tait as c1755-56 or datable to 1765-68

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (257 x 203)


Robert Adam


Rowan, 2003, pp. 27-29
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

'Bob the Roman': Heroic Antiquity and the Architecture of Robert Adam, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 27 June - 27 September 2003; New York School of Interior Design Gallery, 29 September - 4 December 2004

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