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image SM Adam volume 29/85

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SM Adam volume 29/85


[5] Unfinished design for the west front of a house, ND, not known to have been executed


Elevation of a three-storey, five-bay building, with a half-hipped roof. At the ground-storey-level there is a tripartite window in the central bay, and this is flanked by Tuscan porticos with stepped entrances beyond. At the first-storey-level there is a pedimented window with an Ionic screen, all set within an apse. This is flanked by further pedimented windows with Ionic screens, and there is a string course of Vitruvian scroll above. The second and fourth bays are surmounted by pediments articulated by Corinthian columns, and there is a preliminary design for a half-height tripartite window in the upper register of the second bay. There are preliminary designs for further windows in the first bay, along with a preliminary design for a string course of Vitruvian scroll


to a scale


West front as proposed of Hopetoun House to Harley Street (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil) / 31

Signed and dated

  • ND

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (490 x 270)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index, p. 40
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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