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SM Adam volume 29/2


[3] Finished drawing for a new house, c1770-76, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of a two-storey, seven-bay house, flanked by three-bay projecting wings, and with a hipped roof, a portico and pediment across the central three bays arranged as a porte-cochère, and with one-storey, one-bay projections at either side


bar scale of 1/10 inch to 1 foot


Principal Front of a House for His Grace the Duke of Portland (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

  • 1770-1776
    date range: 1770-76

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (603 x 462)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Duke of Portland / 2 Ground Plans / 2 Elevations 2 Elevations 1 Section / from No 8


DXC within cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 42
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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