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image SM Adam volume 42/102

Reference number

SM Adam volume 42/102

Purpose

[10] Design for a house, 1781, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of a two-storey, three-bay house, with a hipped roof and two chimney stacks, and the roofline drawn a little higher in pencil; with a relieving arch in each on the ground storey, connected by a fluted string, and with an enclosed rosette between each arch; with a central tripartite door articulated by Doric columns and engaged columns, and surmounted by a fanlight, and flanked by windows in the outer bays; and with a central tripartite window on the first floor, articulated by Ionic columns, and balustraded in the central light, and flanked by balustraded windows in the outer bays; and with a rough pencil-drawn plan of a half-turn staircase in the top left-hand corner, and beneath this a rough pencil-drawn detail of a Doric portico

Scale

bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Plan of a House for Mr Smith (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) and measurements given in pen and pencil (verso) rough pencil calculations

Signed and dated

Adelphi / 7t. Aprl. 1781.

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (474 x 253)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Watermark

Cartouche surmounted by fleur de lis

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 57
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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