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SM Adam volume 35/70


[24] Design for a house, c1787, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-and-a-half storey, five-bay building, with a hipped roof and a part-sunken basement. The pedimented central three bays are projecting, and at ground-storey level there is a central stepped Tuscan portico, with wrought-iron balustrades, fluted capitals, and a frieze of rosettes and swags. There are full-height windows at the ground- and first-storey levels, with third-height windows in the upper register. The ground-storey windows of the east and west façades are bowed and surmounted by balustrades


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Another design for Saml Hannays House at Putney (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (422 x 265)


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


Sir Samuel Hannays house at Putn (cropped) / 2 Elevations and 3 Ground Plans




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 127
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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