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image SM Adam volume 45/17

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SM Adam volume 45/17


[6] Design for a villa, 1775, built to a modified and enlarged design


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay villa with a pitched roof, projecting end bays, a recessed, tripartite entrance surmounted by a balustraded, tripartite window on the first floor, the frame of which has an attic supporting a sculpted sphinx. The projecting bays are ornamented with a band of fluting between the ground and first storeys, attached Doric columns, and balustrading across the first floor windows. Above each end bay is a weather vane


bar scale of 1/5 inch to 1 foot


South front of a New Design For Mrs St John at Wellwyn in Hertfordshire and some dimensions given (in pencil)

Signed and dated

datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (357 x 421)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, with additions to the inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 30
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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