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image SM Adam volume 37/58

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SM Adam volume 37/58


[11] Preliminary design for the house, 1774, unexecuted


Elevation of one side of the garden (east) front of a house as Adam volumes 375//, 37/52 and 46/132, showing the left-hand side of the four-storey block, with a two-storey, five-bay link to the left, connecting with the oval pavilion with a circular tower at each corner


1 inch to 10 feet


East Front (verso) 3 / 3 / Number 11 (in red pen) / Earl of Rosebery / Elevation

Signed and dated

datable to 1774

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (483 x 295)


Adam office hand, possibly William Hamilton or Joseph Bonomi


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 3
Tait, 1981, p. 421
Rowan, 1985, p. 98
King, 2001, Volume II, p. 161
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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