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Preliminary design and finished drawings for a house, 1763-65, unexecuted (3)


It is unlikely that these unexecuted designs for a new house were produced before 1763 as it was in this year that the 3rd Duke of Richmond became Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, and took renewed interest in his country house.

Bolton notes of this design that the use of the masculine giant Doric order, which is in the manner of the Admiralty Screen. It is not known why King refers to this design as 'tame and repetitive', as, though the design is not characteristic of Adam, the porticoes across the end bays, and the central domed stairwell give the façade considerable interest and movement. Adam's use of an aisled rotunda in this design, is a common feature, but was only ever executed once, by James Adam at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.



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