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image SM Adam volume 21/83

Reference number

SM Adam volume 21/83

Purpose

[2] Preliminary designs for the rear (south) front, principal (north) front and first storey of the library, c1760, unexecuted

Aspect

Above – Elevation of the rear (south) front showing a five-bay building, with acroteria along the roof line and rustication at basement storey. The central three bays form a projecting, two-and-a-half-storey portico, with a central arched window, set behind a Doric screen. The portico is flanked by two-storey, single-bay blocks with pitched half-roofs Centre- Elevation of the principal (north) front, showing a five-bay building with acroteria supporting statuary along the roof line. The central three bays form a projecting, one-and-a-half storey Corinthian portico, with a central doorway beyond. This is flanked by single-bay, single-storey blocks, with pitched half-roofs and niches Below- Plan of the ground storey of a five-by-four-bay building with the central three bays of the north and south fronts projecting. The north entrance leads to a central colonnaded hall, flanked by additional rooms and staircases, and with a further circular staircase to the rear

Scale

not to scale

Inscribed

South Front / Principal Front / Principal Story and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to c1760

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (162 x 280)

Hand

Probably
Robert Adam

Verso

Rough elevation of a one-and-a-half storey, five-bay building, surmounted by a pediment supported by Corinthian columns, with a central entrance within a relieving arch flanked by niches containing statuary

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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