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SM Adam volume 29/68


[10] Design for the north front of the stables, 1789, possibly executed


Elevation of a stable block with a central three-bay building, with a pitched roof, surmounted by a weather vane. This has three arched entrances with Diocletian windows above, and the spandrels are ornamented with rosettes. The central building is flanked by three-bay link buildings, with central entrances flanked by windows. The link buildings terminate in one-and-a-half- storey, single-bay pedimented pavilions, with windows set within a relieving arch, flanked by figurative roundels


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Design for the North front of Stable Offices for Ruscomb-

Signed and dated

  • May 1789
    Albemarle Street / 30.t May 1789-

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (479 x 293)


Office hand, possibly Daniel Robertson or Robert Morison


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 27
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 394; Volume II, pp. 183, 225
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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