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image SM Adam volume 44/114

Reference number

SM Adam volume 44/114

Purpose

[1] Record drawing for a portico for the west front of the house, c1761-62, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan and elevation of a one-and-a-half storey, five-bay Ionic portico, two bays deep, and supporting a pediment with three acroteria surmounted by sculpture, and a hipped roof behind. Under the portico are three sculpture-filled niches alternating with doors: one blind, and all five bays with a figurative roundel in the upper register

Scale

bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

Elevation of an Ionic Portico proposed to be erected at the West End of High Wycombe House in Buckinghamshire / One of the Seats of the Right Honble Baron Le Despencer / PLAN of the PORTICO / F (in pencil) / Note Wing at / West Wycombe Park / near High Wycombe / ATB (in pencil in the hand of Arthur Bolton) (verso) Number 36 / Ld Le Despencer

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (495 x 603)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam

Watermark

D&CBLAUW

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 17
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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