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image SM Adam volume 43/33

Reference number

SM Adam volume 43/33

Purpose

[4] Design for an unknown house, 1775, unexecuted

Aspect

Elevation of the principal and garden fronts of a house as Adam volumes 43/35-37, with a three-storey central block, with a hipped roof, being five-bays across the principal front, with tripartite windows on the first storey, within relieving arches, and a central pedimented entrance on the first storey, accessed by tapering stairs, and with alternative arrangements in the basement to each side, being rusticated and with half-height windows on the right-hand side, and not rusticated and with Diocletian and half-height windows on the left-hand side, and the central block is nine-bays across on the garden front, with three-bay bows in the end bays, surmounted by conical roofs, and with the central three bays recessed, behind an arcade on the ground storey, and this supporting an Ionic portico and pediment on the first storey, and the basement of the entire garden front is rusticated, and the central block is flanked by two-and-a-half-storey, two-bay, balustraded links, and two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay pavilions with pitched roofs, and with tripartite windows within relieving arches in the central bay of the first storey, and with oculus windows in the second storey of the end bays, but with the central bay projecting on the principal front, and surmounted by a pediment

Scale

bar scale of 3/4 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Section from C to D of a house for James Alexander Esqr (for James Alexander Esqr in the hand of William Adam) / Section from A to B

Signed and dated

datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a treble ruled border on laid paper (597 x 494)

Hand

Adam office hand, either Joseph Bonomi or Robert Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 52
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 135
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

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Drawing

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