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  • image SM Adam volume 41/2

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SM Adam volume 41/2


[4] Finished drawing for the east front of a house and offices, c1782, unexecuted


Elevation of the east front of a two-and-a-half-storey, eleven-bay building, with a hipped roof, a part sunken basement-storey level, and a raised, rusticated ground-storey level. The projecting central three bays are pedimented and contain a central, stepped entrance flanked by full-height windows. At the first-storey level there is a double-height, semi-circular-headed window flanked by further windows, and with a blank tablet above. The pediment is articulated by giant Ionic columns and surmounted by acroteria. At the basement-storey level the building has quarter-height windows, with full-height windows at the ground and first-storey level. In the upper register there are half-height windows. The central building is flanked by two-storey, five-bay link blocks with blank arches at the ground-storey level. At the first-storey level there are narrow windows flanked by niches. The link blocks connect to two-storey, thirteen-bay buildings, with a central, pedimented, Tuscan portico surmounted by acroteria. There are semi-circular-headed entrances in the fifth and ninth bays, and there are three-quarter-height windows at the ground and first-storey levels. The building terminates in projecting two-and-a-half-storey, two-bay blocks with pyramidal roofs. The blocks contain three-quarter-height windows at the ground and first-storey levels, and half-height window in the upper register


bar scale of 5/8 inch to 10 feet


East Front of Rainham House in Norfolk The Seat of The Rt Hon.ble Lord Viscount Townshend / Shewing the New Intended Alterations- / Extends 476 Feet- and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1782

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (928 x 510)


Office hand


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



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