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SM Adam volume 34/28


[22] Design for a house, 1779, unexecuted


Elevation of the garden (south) front of a house with a two-and-a-half-storey, three-bay central block, with a hipped roof, surmounted by a central three-bay drum and dome, with a central door on the ground storey, flanked by windows, and with a niche between each bay. On the first and second storeys the bays are articulated by paired Doric columns, except for the end shafts which are pilasters. The windows on the first and second storeys are tripartite, and those on the first storey are within relieving arches, the central light being pedimented. The central block is flanked by two-storey, five-bay wings, with hipped roofs, with a central three-bay bow, colonnaded with paired Doric columns on the first storey, and surmounted by a conical roof. There are medallions over the first storey windows in the left-hand wing. The end bay windows on the first storey have consoles supporting the architrave


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet


Back front of Great Saxham House in Suffolk the Seat of Hutchinson Mure Esqr (all in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1779
    datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash on laid paper (635 x 492)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morrison, additions to inscription in the hand of William Adam


Saxham house Mr Hutchinson Mure


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 15
Rowan, 1985, p. 48
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 126
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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