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SM Adam volume 50/29


[1] Finished drawing for the rear facade of town house, 1779, unexecuted


Elevation, of a four-storey, four-bay town house, with a basement-level entrance in the second bay. Above this, at the ground-storey level, there are reliving arches with Doric piers, and spandrels ornamented with rosettes. In the second bay there is an entrance, and with windows in the first, third and fourth bay. On the first storey level there are rectangular openings with iron work balustrades, all set behind an Ionic screen, with a frieze ornamented with roundels containing rosettes, and a cornice of dentils. In the upper register there are three-quarter-height windows flanked by Doric pilasters with capitals containing rosettes Below - Plan of the first storey screen To the right- Section showing the composition of the floor levels and roof


to a scale


Elevation of Sir Abraham Humes House in Hill Street (in the hand of William Adam, underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • Feb 1779
    Adelphi / 12. Febry 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash, and coloured washes including pink and Naples yellow within a single ruled border on laid paper (462 x 612)


Office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi or Robert Morison, and with title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Sir Abraham Hume Town house ni (sic) Hill St / 4 Plans / 3 of Internal Decorations 1 Elevation of The Front




Bolton, 1917, p. 6
Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 40
King, 2001, Volume I, p. 303
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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