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image SM Adam volume 34/28

Reference number

SM Adam volume 34/28

Purpose

[22] Design for a house, 1779, unexecuted

Aspect

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, and on the first and second storeys the bays are articulated by paired Doric columns, except for the end shafts which are pilasters, and the windows on the first and second storeys are tripartite, and those on the first storey are within relieving arches, with the central light is 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, and with medallions over the first storey windows in the left-hand wing, and in the right-hand wing the roofline is balustraded, and the end bay windows on the first storey are balustraded, and have consoles supporting the architrave

Scale

bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 10 feet

Inscribed

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

datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

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

Hand

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

Verso

Saxham house Mr Hutchinson Mure

Literature

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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Drawing

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