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SM Adam volume 31/109


[39] Finished drawing of the principal front for a block of domestic offices, executed with alterations, 1761


Elevation of a twenty-one bay elevation with a hipped roof, comprising a five-bay arcaded and pedimented centre topped with a cupola, links of three bays with a central semicircular arched doorway, and end pavilions of five bays with alternating rectangular windows and semicircular-headed niches


bar scale of 1/14 inch to 1 foot


The Elevation of a new Design for the Offices of William Drake Esqr. at Shardeloes in Buckinghamshire [in Buckinghamshire in the hand of William Adam] and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 1761
    Robt Adam Architect 1761

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (471 x 300)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias, with addition to title inscription in the hand of William Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index 28
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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