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SM Adam volume 43/1


[7] Finished drawing for the south front of the house, 1767-68, executed with alterations


Elevation of a three-storey, nine-bay central block with a hipped roof, flanked on either side by a one-storey, one-bay, balustraded link containing a Venetian window, and a one-storey, five-bay pavilion with a hipped roof, the windows within relieving arches, and the bays articulated by fluted Ionic columns and with paired fluted Ionic pilasters at each end. The central block has a rusticated basement, string courses of fret and Vitruvian scroll, Spalatro pilasters ornamented with anthemia running across the first and second storeys, panels of arabesque acanthus leaves, a fluted frieze, and a central pediment containing figurative sculptures


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 foot


Design for finishing the South Front of Kenwood House. For The Right Honorable Lord Mansfield Lord Chief Justice of England and some measurements given (verso) Lord Mansfield / 1 / Lord Mansfield (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1768
    Robt Adam Architect 1768

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (1741 x 445)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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