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SM Adam volume 32/10


[1] Finished drawing for the arcade and houses of the Royal Terrace, c1768-69, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of a single-storey, fifteen-bay arcade, with the end bays slightly projecting, and with the upper portion of each arch glazed with a Diocletian window, and ornamented with a mask enclosed within a fan between each arch, and the arcade supports the terrace of houses, with a four-storey, thirty-three-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and divided into eleven houses, and with the end and central houses balustraded, slightly projecting above the ground storey with ornamental lotus capital pilasters, and the central terrace block is flanked by Robert and Adam Streets, and the ends of those terraces to either side, being pedimented in profile, and ornamented with the Adam family coat of arms, but otherwise similar to the central Royal Terrace block


to a scale


Elevation of the Royal Terrace with the Arcade Adelphi (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • c1768-69
    datable to c1768-69

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (2645 x 645)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, p. 18, Volume II, Index p. 33
Rowan, 1974, p. 675
Rowan, 2007, p. 52
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Exhibition history

Original Drawings of Robert and James Adam, Kenwood House, London, 1953
Vaulting Ambition: The Adam Brothers, Contractors to the Metropolis in the Reign of George III, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 14 September 2007 - 12 January 2008; The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham, 19 April - 24 May 2008; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 24 October - 13 December 2008
Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, British Library, 8 November 2013 - 11 March 2014

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