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SM Adam volume 27/50


[4] Preliminary design showing an axial section through the central hall, c1765-68, unexecuted


Rough axial section through the central rotunda, with a coved ceiling, and a central door, flanked by engaged Doric columns supporting a pediment, and surmounted by a rectangular relief overdoor panel, and the door is flanked by rectangular sculpture-filled recesses, and beyond are apses containing niches. Below is a rough section showing walls and roof joists around a first-storey room between the principal elevation and the hall (as seen in Adam volume 28/47)


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1765-68
    date range: 1765-68 (see scheme notes)

Medium and dimensions

Pen on laid paper (192 x 298)


Either Robert or James Adam


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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