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SM Adam volume 2/161


[2] Preliminary design showing a detail of the principal front of the first scheme for the house, 1775, unexecuted


Plan and elevation of a crenellated one-and-a-half-storey, three-bay central block, with a central arched tripartite window, flanked by single-bay towers, and the central block is flanked by crenellated single-storey, two-bay wings, with Diocletian windows, and terminating in single-bay towers, beyond which are crenellated single-storey, six-bay colonnades, set against the screen wall


to a scale


some measurements given

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (409 x 238)


Robert Adam


IHS surmounted by fleur de lis within crowned cartouche


For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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