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SM Adam volume 10/38


[5] Preliminary design showing an elevation of the garden front of the first scheme for the house, 1775, unexecuted


Rough elevation of the garden front of the principal block of the house, showing a two-storey, thirteen-bay, crenellated building, with the central three bays slightly recessed, and containing slit windows, which are within relieving arches on the first storey, and these bays are flanked by three gabled bays which are slightly projecting, with a door flanked by slit windows on the ground storey, and a Venetian window within a relieving arch on the first storey, and beyond these, to the right-hand side there is a two-storey, three-bay canted projection with a conical roof, and ogee windows, and to the left-hand side, there is a two-storey, single-bay projecting tower, with a slit window on the first storey


bar scale of 1 1/4 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1775
    datable to 1775

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (346 x 199)


Robert Adam




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