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SM Adam volume 34/16


[28] Finished drawing for a three-block house, 1779, unexecuted


Elevation of the principal (north) front of a house with a three-storey, three-bay, pedimented central block, with a rusticated ground storey, a central arched door on the ground storey, Venetian windows within relieving arches on the first storey, and the bays on the first and second storeys articulated by Corinthian pilasters. The central block is flanked by recessed, two-storey, single-bay wings, with pitched roofs, and with a rusticated ground storey. These, in turn, are flanked by single-storey, seven-bay, balustraded links, with a central door flanked by windows behind a Doric Colonnade, and two-storey, three-bay, pedimented pavilions, each with a rusticated ground storey. Beyond are single-storey link walls containing gateways, and further single-storey, three-bay pavilions, with the central bay pedimented and projecting, and surmounted by a lantern containing a Diocletian window and with a pyramidal roof and central stack


bar scale of 9/10 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the North Front of Great Saxham House and Offices in Suffolk The Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr and some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (989 x 377)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi


No 2 / Mr Mure Offices (in pencil)


IHS IVILLEDARY and LVG surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


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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