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image SM Adam volume 42/49

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SM Adam volume 42/49


[4] Finished drawing for the house, 1771, unexecuted


Alternative elevation of the principal front of a four-storey, seven-bay house, set over a half-sunk basement, with a hipped roof containing dormer windows, and with keystones over the windows in the ground, first and second storeys, and quoins down each side of the building, and string courses between the ground, first and second storeys, and with a door surmounted by a fanlight in the right-hand ground-storey bay, flanked by Doric columns supporting a broken base pediment


bar scale of 2 inches to 10 feet


Mr Baron Grants House Soho Square (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) / (and in pencil in the hand of Robert Adam) floor / floor / floor / 5 In width of sash frames / except the 2 I wide windows / floor / [ _ _ _ ] of foot path / the 2 sash frames / in dressing room 2 1/2 / width [ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] / the sash frames in / the [ _ _ _ _ ] from [ _ _ _ _ _ ] to [ _ _ _ _ _ ] 4.2 3/8 except the / two in Dressing Room / which is 4.5 and some measurements and calculations given in pencil (verso) 2 and some rough calculations given in pencil

Signed and dated

  • 1771
    datable to 1771

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and wash within a single ruled border on laid paper (583 x 458)


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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