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SM Adam volume 47/1


[9] Finished drawing for the Haymarket (east) front, c1789, unexecuted


Elevation of the east front of a building divided into blocks, with the central elevation as SM Adam volume 28/17. With a link building connecting to a rotunda (south), as SM Adam volume 28/18, and with a bridge and link building connecting to an annexe (north), as SM Adam volume 28/19


bar scale of 1 inch to 5 feet


[_ _ _ _ _ _ _] the [?] Haymarket of the new [?] intended Opera House & Assembly Rooms, Ballroom & with the new intended Shops & Houses of the South & the new intended communication from Charles Street & St James’s Square, with the Tavern adjoining [?] at the North and extending [?] in the [_ _ _ _ _ _] (in pencil) / 385 feet (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a double ruled border on laid paper (1980 x 597)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison or Daniel Robertson


Notations, modern curatorial hand




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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