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SM Adam volume 42/87


[4] Design for the north front of a house, 1784, unexecuted


Elevation of a three-storey, seven-bay building, as SM Adam volume 10/194, with minor alterations. The statuary and surmounting balustrade are omitted, along with the niches flanking the ground storey entrance. The entrance is formed with a stepped columnar screen


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


A Design for Doctor John Turton at Brasted Kent (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / No. 2 and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • August 1784
    August 5.t 1784

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (466 x 263)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Elevations for Doctor Turtons (obscured where affixed)


banded cartouche surmounted by a fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 4
Rowan, 1985, p. 38
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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