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image SM Adam volume 21/56

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SM Adam volume 21/56


[11] Variant preliminary design for adding wings, links and an entrance loggia to the house, c1768, unexecuted


Rough elevation of the principal (west) front of a three-storey, nine-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and with a three-bay, rusticated, arcaded entrance loggia supporting a portico and pediment. To either side (north and south) is a one-storey, three-bay arcaded link, and a one-storey, pedimented pavilion, containing a Venetian window within a relieving arch, ornamented with paired Ionic pilasters, and figurative sculptures supported by acroteria. With drawn annotations below


not to scale


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (539 x 308)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 10
King, 1992, Volume II, p. 124
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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