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image SM Adam volume 1/273

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SM Adam volume 1/273


[9] Preliminary design for a house, c1774


Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay house, with a pyramidal roof and a half-sunk basement. The central bay is projecting and surmounted by a socle bearing a sphinx. On the ground storey there is a central tripartite window articulated by Doric columns, with a band of roundels above. In the first bay there is a stepped entrance with a fan light, and in the third bay there is a window, and both are set within a relieving arch. On the first storey there is a central, balustraded, tripartite window, articulated by Ionic columns, all set within a relieving arch with the tympanum ornamented with an urn enclosed by a fan. In the first and third bays there are balustraded windows with a preliminary alteration (pencil) for a relieving arch in the third bay. Above this in the upper register there are bands of Vitruvian scroll and a central, half-height, tripartite window, flanked by further half-height windows. The windows have sills forming plain tablets with aprons of guttae


bar scale of 1 inch to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • c1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (152 x 255)


Robert Adam


Banded cartouche


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