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image SM Adam volume 34/106

Reference number

SM Adam volume 34/106

Purpose

[4] Design for the west front of the house, c1786, partly executed

Aspect

Elevation of the west front of a building, with a projecting two-and-a-half storey, single-bay block with a quarter-height window at basement level, and a rectangular window above, with pencil alterations suggesting a window surround of Doric columns and a pediment. Above this, there is a half-height window at second storey level, and an oculus set within the tympanum. The building beyond this has a stepped north front, with quarter-height windows at basement level, full-height windows above, and half-height windows in the upper register. The south front is shown to have a bowed front with steps. In the foreground there are alterations (in pencil) showing the surrounding landscape

Scale

bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet

Inscribed

Elevation of the West End of Lord Delavals house in the Country (in the hand of William Adam)

Signed and dated

c1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (266 x 203)

Hand

Possibly
Office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscription in the hand of William Adam

Literature

Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 53
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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