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  • image SM Adam volume 36/11

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SM Adam volume 36/11


[15] Finished drawing for the north front of a house, c1783, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay house, with a part-sunken basement, and the central three bays projecting. The centre bay forms a two-and-a-half-storey relieving arch, and contains tripartite windows at the basement-, ground- and first-storey levels, with a Diocletian window in the upper register. At the first-storey level there is a plain string course with rosette capitals, in the upper register there is a further string course of Vitruvian scroll, and with Tuscan eaves


bar scale of 1 3/4 inches to 10 feet


Whites Chocolate House North End (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) (crossed through, pencil) / Earl of Findlater (W.L. Spiers, modern curatorial hand, pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1783

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (614 x 484)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


no 3 / Whites Chocolate house / 5 Ground Plans / 4 Elevations 1 Section from no 14


SM Adam volumes 36/10-18 are incorrectly inscribed by William Adam as part of the scheme for White’s Chocolate House, St James’s Street, London.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, pp. 103-4, Index, p. 45
Rowan, 1985, p. 138
King, 2001, Volume II, pp. 57, 102-6, 130
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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