- Undated, probably 1762-63
verso in a different hand
The composition of a basement with projecting panels was described by James Adam in his unfinished essay on architectural theory of 1762: '... windows or niches so dressed I suppose in a principal floor over a rustic basement and raised from the cape or cornice of the basement by pedestals, the base and cornice of which may run along this part of the building or no, as is the most pleasing to the eye.' (see J. Fleming, Robert Adam and His Circle in Edinburgh and Rome, London, 1962, p.319). This entrance elevation is perhaps the best indication of the character that Adam intended for his Parliament building and is considerably more sophisticated and classical than the sketch elevation of 1760 shown in Adam vol.7/4.
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