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image SM Adam volume 39/93

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SM Adam volume 39/93


[13] Finished drawing for adding wings, links and an entrance loggia to the house, c1768, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (west) front of a three-storey, nine-bay central block, with a hipped roof, rusticated basement, and a three-bay entrance loggia supporting a portico and pediment. To either side (north and south) is a one-storey, three-bay, balustraded link, articulated by paired Doric pilasters, and a one-bay, pedimented pavilion, containing a Venetian window within a relieving arch, and ornamented with paired Corinthian pilasters, and figurative sculptures supported by acroteria


to a scale


2d Design for Eaton Park, one of the Seats of The Right Honourable / Earl of Grosvenor (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (819 x 337)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche


A.A. Tait included this drawing in his Creative Mind exhibition, and is one of the rare formal drawings to be drawn freehand. So few of these drawings survive that it is likely - according to Tait - that they were replaced by 'the more measured drawings of the Office assistants'.


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 10
King, 1992, Volume II, p. 124
Tait, 1996, p. 46
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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