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SM Adam volume 34/29


[21] Design for a house, 1779, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a house, with a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block, with a hipped roof, surmounted by a central three-bay drum and dome, a central three-bay Doric portico and pediment, composing a porte-cochère, and flanked by curved carriage ramps. There are medallions above the central door and flanking windows on the first storey, with tripartite windows on the first and second storeys in the end bays. The tripartite windows on the first storey are within relieving arches, and the central light is pedimented. The central block is flanked by one-and-a-half-storey, five-bay wings, with hipped roofs, with a central three-bay bow surmounted by a conical roof, and with Diocletian windows on the ground storey in the end bays. Each bay is surmounted by a rectangular relief panel above the first storey windows


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Great Saxham in Suffolk the Seat of / Hutchinson Mure Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / 3d Design

Signed and dated

  • April 1779
    18t April 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (653 x 489)


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


No 2


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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