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SM Adam volume 1/253


[11] Preliminary design for a house showing an elevation of the principal front, c1772-86, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay house, with a half-height second storey, a hipped roof, and tripartite windows in each bay on each storey. The central bay is slightly projecting, with a pedimented front door, surmounted by a Venetian window on the first storey; and the ground storey windows in the end bays are contained within relieving arches, and surmounted by pedimented windows in the first storey. The roofline of the elevation is overdrawn with a small-scale variant of the same design (verso) rough pencil-drawn plan for another house


not to scale

Signed and dated

  • 1772-86
    date range: 1772-86

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (205 x 241)


Robert Adam




For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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