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SM Adam volume 46/56


[24] Design for the principal and garden fronts of the house, 1789


Elevation of the principal (south) and garden (north) fronts of a three-storey, three-bay building, with a hipped roof, a half-height upper storey, with the central bay slightly recessed on the principal front, and the central bay slightly projecting and pedimented on the garden front, and with tripartite windows on the ground storey of the principal front, with a central door, and a balustraded tripartite window surmounted by a fanlight, and set within a relieving arch in the central bay of the first storey, and on the garden front there are tripartite windows in the central bay on the ground and first storey, surmounted by a fanlight, and set within a relieving arch


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18th (in pencil) / Back front of the Deputy Registers House at Edinburgh (in the hand of William Adam) / A (in pencil) / A (in pencil) / [further feint and illegible pencil inscriptions] / Design of a House for the Deputy Register with a small Apartment for the Lord Register proposed to be built / upon the ground behind the North East End of the Register Office

Signed and dated

  • 1789
    datable to 1789

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil within a single ruled border on laid paper (337 x 349)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison, with title inscriptions in the hand of William Adam


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



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