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SM Adam volume 10/108


[12] Alternative preliminary design for the Pall Mall (south) front, c1789, unexecuted


Part-elevation of a three-storey, thirteen-bay building, showing the central bay and the six-bay, right-hand block. There is a projecting, balustraded portico, articulated by paired Tuscan columns, raised on plinths ornamented with ram masks, rosettes and festoons. Within, there is a stepped entrance, set within a relieving arch. The portico has capitals which are fluted and ornamented with ram masks. All this is surmounted by a drum ornamented with rosettes and festoons, and supporting a stepped dome with an oculus. The six-bay block to the right-hand side has a hipped roof. At the ground-storey level there is an arcade, formed from tripartite, Tuscan screen entrances with fan lights, flanked by further entrances set within relieving arches. At the first-storey level there are tripartite, balustraded windows, set with Ionic screens. Above this there is a string course of rope moulding, a half-height window, and a Diocletian window, all set within a relieving arch. This is flanked by giant Ionic columns, further windows, and roundels, and with half-height windows flanked by short pilasters in the upper register


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (289 x 189)


Robert Adam


GR surmounted by a fleur-de-lis within a crowned cartouche


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
Sheppard, 1960, Volume XXIX, (i), p. 249
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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