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SM Adam volume 10/175


[3] Preliminary design for a doorway in the garden wall, 1774, unexecuted


Alternative elevations of a doorway in the garden wall. The upper alternative is composed of double wooden doors crowned by crockets, and set between bays articulated by engaged Doric columns, and ornamented with a medallion, a frieze containing a festoon, rosettes, and surmounted by a sculpted sphinx, and beyond there is a perimeter wall. The lower alternative is shown from the road and garden sides, with a single-storey, single-bay pedimented gateway, with a central door within a relieving arch, and surmounted by a medallion, and on the road side this is surmounted by a tablet in the frieze containing an ox skull flanked by festoons, and on the side towards the house, the door is flanked by engaged columns, supporting a Doric frieze ornamented with ox skulls flanked by festoons


not to scale


Next the Road and some measurements and rough calculations

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (196 x 302)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 219
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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