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SM Adam volume 2/162


[24] Preliminary design for a fountain, 1776, unexecuted


Rough elevation of a spring, supported by a stylobate drawn in perspective, with three steps to either side, and supporting sculpted sphinxes, and with a bow at the front, and behind is an arch, flanked by engaged Doric columns, supporting an attic ornamented with a figurative panel, and a pediment, and this is flanked by doors surmounted by roundels, and further fluted engaged Doric columns, and the whole is shown as a ruin, with plants growing out of the stonework, and with a rough partial plan on the left-hand side of the sheet


not to scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1776
    datable to 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (302 x 256)


Robert Adam


King, 2001, Volume II, p. 222
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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