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image SM Adam volume 43/79

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/79

Purpose

[5] Design for the house and offices, 1776, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of principal (south) front of a two-and-a-half-storey, five-bay central block with a hipped roof and two chimneystacks, and flanked by two-storey, three-bay links leading to two-storey, one-bay pavilions, all above a half-sunk basement, and the principal storey of the central block is rusticated, with windows set within relieving arches and a string course which extends to envelop all five blocks, and the upper storeys of the central block have a frieze containing enclosed rosettes, an entablature, and a Corinthian pilaster at each end, with the central three bays articulated by a Corinthian pilasters forming a tetrastyle portico surmounted by a pediment with three acroteria, and the main entrance is surmounted by a fanlight and accessed by a straight external stair, and the links have a frieze, entablature and flat roofs, with a pedimented central window surmounted by a tablet, and the pavilions are pedimented each with three acroteria, with their window set within a relieving arch

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

Elevation of the South Front of a new Design for Alexander Speirs Esqr at Kings Inch near Glasgow / Extends 182 feet

Signed and dated

Adelphi / Decr. 16t. 1776

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (500 x 602)

Hand

Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam

Verso

1

Watermark

PVL

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 20
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 395
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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