Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  [2] Design for a house, 1786-90, unexecuted


  • image Image 1 for SM Adam volume 36/99
  • image Image 2 for SM Adam volume 36/99
  • image Image 1 for SM Adam volume 36/99
  • image Image 2 for SM Adam volume 36/99

Reference number

SM Adam volume 36/99


[2] Design for a house, 1786-90, unexecuted


Elevation as Adam volume 1/63, but with a flier over the top of the central three bays, underneath which the parapet is ornamented with cross windows projecting in a stepped formation, surmounted by the clock tower, and with a rough pencil-drawn profile elevation in the top right-hand corner


bar scale of 1 ½ inches to 10 feet


Another Design of a house for / John Fenton Cawthorn Esqr (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Fenton Cawthorne Esqr / 4

Signed and dated

  • 1786-90
    datable to 1786-90

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (525 x 350; flier 155 x 184)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam (underwritten in pencil)




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
Rowan, 1985, p. 82
Rowan, 1988, p. 100
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 165
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



Digitisation of the Drawings Collection has been made possible through the generosity of the Leon Levy Foundation

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: drawings@soane.org.uk

Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.

Browse (via the vertical menu to the left) and search results for Drawings include a mixture of Concise catalogue records – drawn from an outline list of the collection – and fuller records where drawings have been catalogued in more detail (an ongoing process).