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SM Adam volume 10/79


[5] Preliminary design for a detail of the New Town looking towards the river, 1781


Elevation of a detail of the New Town, with a central one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay arched gateway, accessed by tapering stairs, flanked by paired Doric columns, and surmounted by sculpted trophies. This gateway is flanked by single-storey, two-bay balustraded links, containing either thermal or oculus windows within relieving arches. Beyond are one-and-a-half-storey, single-bay pavilions, with an oculus window within a relieving arch on the ground storey, surmounted by a thermal window in the upper register, and with a pyramidal roof; and then there are further single-bay links taking the same form, with oculus windows within relieving arches


bar scale of 1 2/5 inches to 10 feet


2 Coaches / Highest flood . Common level and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 24/12/1781
    24t. Decr. 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (619 x 250)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
King, 2001, Volume 2, p. 76
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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