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SM Adam volume 2/137


[7] Preliminary design for a rustic cottage, 1777, unexecuted


Elevation of a two-storey, octagonal rustic cottage, with a conical roof with two high chimney stacks, and set within a landscape, with a central door set within a rusticated relieving arch, flanked by projecting window bays with pitched tiled roofs, and with a central balustraded window on the first storey, which is slightly recessed under a broken-base pediment


to a rough scale


David Garrick Esqr (in pencil)

Signed and dated

  • 1777

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, wash and coloured washes including sepia, pink and olive green on laid paper (201 x 171)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 16
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 258
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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