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  • image SM Adam volume 46/2

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SM Adam volume 46/2


[7] Finished drawing for a country house, c1790, partly executed


Elevation of a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay building, with a pitched roof. The projecting, central bay forms a bow front containing a stepped entrance with a lunette window above. The entrance is flanked by full-height windows, and there are half-height windows in the upper register. The central bay is surmounted by a conical roof, and is flanked by single bays. The central building is flanked by submerged link buildings and pavilions as in Adam volume 46/1


bar scale of 1 inch to 10 feet


Elevation of the South Front

Signed and dated

  • c1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (420 x 196)


Office hand, possibly Robert Morison


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


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 7
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 139
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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