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SM Adam volume 10/86


[143] Preliminary design for the principal front, 1771-72, as executed


Elevation of a three-storey, three-bay building, with a flat roof, and with a central door surmounted by a fanlight, flanked by paired columns and slit windows, surmounted by a Venetian window within a relieving arch on the first storey, flanked by balconied windows, and with the bays articulated by Ionic columns on the first and second storeys, supporting a pediment with three sculpture-filled acroteria, and with a string course between the first and second storeys, surmounted by half-height windows


to a scale


(to the side of the sheet in pencil on the hand of Arthur Bolton)alt [ _ _ _ _ ] / for RSA / John Street / Adelphi / ATB

Signed and dated

  • 1771-72
    datable to 1771-72

Medium and dimensions

Pencil on laid paper (276 x 296)


Robert Adam


Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 34
Summerson, 1954, p. 929
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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