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SM Adam volume 43/48


[4] Design for the house, 1768, unexecuted


Unfinished elevations of the principal and garden fronts of a house with a three-storey, five-bay central block, with a hipped roof with the central three bays on the principal front slightly projecting, and arcaded on the ground storey, supporting a three-bay portico supporting a pediment, with a fluted frieze, and a central tablet of rinceau, and the first, third, and fifth windows on the first storey are pedimented, and with a central three-bay bow on the garden front, behind a five-bay arcade on the ground storey, which supports a five-bay portico and a conical roof, and this is flanked by Diocletian windows on the ground storey, and Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey. The central block is flanked by quadrant links, which are two-storey, three-bay flat facades on the garden front, and are three curved bays on the principal front, with the first storey colonnaded, and the roofline balustraded, and beyond the links are two-storey, three-bay wings, with hipped roofs, and the central bay slightly projecting on the principal front, supporting a pediment, and with a Diocletian window on the ground storey, and the first storey articulated by pilasters, and containing a Venetian window. The left-hand links and wings on both the garden and principal fronts are drawn feintly in pencil


to a scale


Elevation of a House for Sir Thomas Ackland Baronet / in Devonshire (all in the hand of William Adam) and measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (855 x 513)


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




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 127
For a full list of literature see scheme notes.



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