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image SM Adam volume 43/73

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/73


[9] Design for a house, 1774, as executed with alterations


Elevations of the principal and garden fronts of a house as Adam volumes 43/76-77, showing a three-storey house, over a half-sunk basement on the principal front, and with a hipped roof, being seven bays across the principal front, with the central three bays slightly projecting, and surmounted by a pediment, and with a central door on the first storey, accessed by straight stairs, and flanked by Doric columns, supporting a pediment. There is also a five-bay garden front, with a central three-bay bow, surmounted by a conical roof, and all of the windows on the first storey are within relieving arches, and the windows in the end bays of the first storey are Venetians


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Elevation of the South Front of a house for / General Scott in Edinburgh (of a house for / General Scott in Edinburgh in the hand of William Adam) and some measurements given (verso) 2

Signed and dated

  • 1774
    Adelphi Decr 22 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (502 x 505)


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


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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



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