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SM Adam volume 42/29


[3] Preliminary design for the house, 1768


Elevation of the principal front of a three-storey, nine-bay house, with a hipped roof, and with tripartite windows in the central and end bays of the ground storey, and Venetian windows in the central and end bays of the first storey, and with the central three bays slightly projecting on the ground storey, and supporting a three-bay Ionic portico and pediment, and with all three storeys slightly projecting in the end bays, and with a frieze of fluting and enclosed rosettes. The house is flanked by one-storey, three-bay wings, with a central square-headed, urn-filled niche, flanked by semicircular-headed niches


bar scale of 1 1/5 inches to 10 feet


Principal Front of a House for John Murray Esqr of Philliphaugh / (and in pencil in the hand of A.T. Bolton) finished copy signed 'James Adam 1768' / seen this 1930 and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    datable to 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (517 x 361)


James Adam, and additional inscriptions in pencil by A.T. Bolton


LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 26
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 132
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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