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SM Adam volume 43/67


[4] Design for a house, 1774, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (south) front of a house as Adam volumes 43/69-71, showing a three-storey, five-bay central block, with a half-sunk basement, and a hipped roof, and a central door on the first storey, within a Doric porch. The central block is flanked by two-storey, two-bay links with pitched roofs, and two-storey, single-bay pedimented wings, with Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


South Front of a new Design for Major General Scott near St. Andrew's Square Edinburgh (Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 19/08/1774
    Adelphi August 19t. 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a triple ruled border on laid paper (590 x 456)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam, with additions to title inscription in the hand of William Adam




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 12
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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