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SM Adam volume 1/97


[20] Preliminary design for the house, 1789


Rough plan and elevation of a building, with a three-storey, three-bay central block, with a hipped roof, and a rusticated ground storey, with a central tripartite door, flanked by Diocletian windows, and with tripartite, pedimented windows on the first storey, and with half-height tripartite windows on the second storey, and the central block is flanked by single-storey, single-bay link walls, with an arched doorway, surmounted by an inscription panel, and terminating in a square pier ornamented with a medallion, and surmounted by a lamp


not to scale


Register Office House for the Deputy Register & / Apartment for the Lord Register / Hall (in pencil) and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1789
    datable to 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (181 x 263)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 11
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 55
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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