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SM Adam volume 42/1


[3] Preliminary design for the house, 1775-77, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal front of the house, with a three-storey, three-bay central block, with a pyramidal roof and octagonal lantern, and a bow front, with an Ionic colonnade around the first storey, and the central block is flanked by three-and-a-half-storey, one-bay towers, with Venetian windows on the first storey, and by two-storey, one-bay, pedimented pavilions. The basement of the whole building is rusticated, and contains windows surmounted by Diocletian windows, and within relieving arches, and with pencil annotations


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


House for Lord Frederick Campbell at Coombank (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1775-1777
    date range: 1775-77

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (594 x 500)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Adam, addition to inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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