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SM Adam volume 9/129


[32] Preliminary design for the pheasant house, c1760, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay house, each front with a pediment, and roofed with a dome, with a central canted bays containing a central aedicular door flanked by niches, and colonnaded bows shown in profile on the adjacent fronts, each crowned with balustrading to form a balcony on the first floor


to a rough scale


some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (235 x 189)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
Harris, 1987, pp. 14, 88
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 220
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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