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image SM Adam volume 28/56

Reference number

SM Adam volume 28/56

Purpose

[1] Finished drawing for the garden (south) front of the house, executed with alterations, 1771

Aspect

Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, seven-bay central block with a hipped roof, balustrading along the roof line crowned with sculpture, a portico of six giant Corinthian columns across the central five bays and supporting a pediment, and the basement is arcaded and with square windows within relieving arches in the end bays, and the first floor has five sculpture-filled niches and square relief panels under the portico, and Venetian windows in the end bays which are articulated by paired, fluted, giant Corinthian pilasters, and the whole has a fluted frieze. The central block is flanked on either side by a two-storey, seven-bay, balustraded link, with square windows within relieving arches in the basement, and rectangular windows behind an Ionic colonnade on the first floor, and beyond a two-storey, three-bay pavilion with a hipped roof, and balustrading along the roof line crowned with sculpture, and with square windows within relieving arches in the basement, and Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first floor where the bays are articulated by giant, fluted Corinthian pilasters

Scale

bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Elevation of the House of Stow, the Seat of the Right Honorable Earl Temple afterwards Marquis of Buckingham (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (1411 x 531)

Hand

Adam office draughtsman, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam. Bolton suggests that the draughtsmanship of this drawing is by Giovanni Batista Borra, presumably as Borra had been responsible for the previous south front of the house. This is incorrect as it is unlike Borra's hand and he died in 1770, one year before the drawing was made.

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 29
Gibbon, 1977, p. 36
Beard, 1978, p. 49
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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