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Finished drawings for a new house, c1770-76, unexecuted (4)


These drawings show two alternatives for the arrangement of the courtyard in front of the house. The ground plan and elevation of the house (Adam volumes 29/4 and 29/2) show an open courtyard containing a porte-cochère, but the principal storey plan and the section (Adam volumes 29/5 and 29/3) show no porte-cochère, and instead a colonnaded circular courtyard which connects directly with the front of the house, and is reminiscent of Roman bath house architecture. Moreover, the section (Adam volume 29/3) shows a house with one more storey than is seen in the elevation of the principal front (Adam volume 29/2). It appears, therefore, that the arrangement of the courtyard, and even the size of the house were all undecided prior to the abandonment of the scheme.



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