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SM Adam volume 32/39


[3] Finished drawing for the house, c1763-5, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden front of a two-and-a-half storey, eleven-bay, balustraded central block, supported by a half sunk basement, and with a rusticated ground storey with arched windows, an engaged Corinthian portico and pediment across the central three bays, and Corinthian pilasters articulating every other bay. The central block is flanked by single-storey, five-bay straight links containing niches, and single-storey, six-bay quadrant links containing niches, some of which are sculpture-filled, and one-storey, three-bay, pedimented pavilions, containing niches, and articulated by engaged Ionic columns


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


East Front of the Seat of Sir Lawrence Dundass Bart at Moor Park Hertfordshire and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1763-1765
    date range: 1763-65

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1441 x 291)


Adam office hand, possibly George Richardson


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Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 23
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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