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image SM Adam volume 42/48

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SM Adam volume 42/48


[3] Finished drawing for the house, 1771, executed with minor alterations


Elevation of the principal front of a three-storey, seven-bay house, set over a half-sunk basement, with a balustraded hipped roof, a rusticated ground storey, with a door in the right-hand bay, behind a portico of four columns, supporting a pediment, and the bays on the first and second storey are articulated by Corinthian pilasters, between which there are ironwork balustrades on the first-storey windows, and with a string course of cable moulding between the first and second storeys, and a frieze of enclosed rosettes


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Mr Baron Grants House Soho Square (in the hand of William Adam) / (and in feint pencil in the hand of Robert Adam) No 20 / Porch wood painted & / Leaded (?) / Door / Brick Work / Real Stone / [ _ _ _ _ _ ] fl[ _ _ _ _ ] / String [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / Wood / Baluster artificial stone / Baluster Wood / Plinth Wood / [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] Leaded / Frize [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] artificial stone / Paterns (?) [ _ _ _ ] Plastered / Capitals artificial stone / Pilaster Wood and some measurements given in pencil (verso) 1

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (586 x 459)


Adam office hand, possibly Joseph Bonomi, and title inscription in the hand of William Adam, with Pencil inscriptions in the hand of Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 50
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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