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image SM Adam volume 30/27

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SM Adam volume 30/27


[3] Presentation drawing for a design for the rear front of a house, c1787


Elevation of the rear front of a three-bay, two-storey building, with a hipped roof. There is a two-storey loggia on the central bay, screened on the ground floor, with arched ground floor windows, and paired pilasters at either end. There are pencil alterations to this drawing making the central room circular, and the porch into a bow front


bar scale of 1/8 inch to 1 foot


East front towards the Stein with a square Porch / for Mrs Fitzherbert at Brighton (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • c1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (211 x 352)


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


to be placed Sixth / [Mr]s Fitzherbert Brighton Square front


W surmounted by sashed cartouche surmounted by fleur-de-lis


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p.5
Miele, 1998, p.167
King, 2001, p.122
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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